Friday, March 15, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Austral Reserve Compass Red, South Eastern Australia, 2010 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: South Eastern Australia is home to red varietals such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.  This red blend doesn't reveal its grapes anywhere, but it does hail from South Eastern Australia.

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Austral Reserve Compass Red, South Eastern Australia, 2010, finished at 13.4% alcohol, which is quite modest - almost low - by Australian red wine standards.

In the glass: Medium deep ruby red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, oak-tinged black fruits.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are an initial deep, smoky sense of dark but sweet fruit, followed by a combination of deep red currants and blackberries that fill your mouth with a lingering acid "squeak".  The finish rides along on that squeak, and leaves spicy red currants to linger for a very long time.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, as I would be more than pleased to make my way back to this wine again someday.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Consistent but softer nose.  The palate has knitted together wonderfully, bringing waves of deep, rich fruit, more extra ripe blueberries than blackberries, with little perks of acid lifting the finish.  Gets a fourth star with the air, making it a best value, based on its value to price ratio. 

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Deep burgundy in the glass, seems darker than before. Soft, muddled, fresh black fruits on the nose.  Deep black plum essence on the palate, with fresh and clean blackberry that scrubs any sweetness from being cloying.  A hint of the brightness I found a year ago, although less of the red currant.

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