By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a Barossa Valley, Australia, shiraz with almost 10 years of age. It's a great area for shiraz, but let's see what time does...
Original tasting and review, nine years from vintage date, July, 2013: This is Craneford Allyson Parsons Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2004, finished at 14% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep, ruddy, brick red, opaque in the center because of its dustiness.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very tangy and somewhat old-world fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be old, tired, but still big.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact VERY old world brett-loaded fruit, still with ripe sweet red and black berries. Rich, with layers of dark and old world tangy.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for this crazy brett-attack. Good value. Quite an experience.
Updated review, another year and a half later, now 11 years from vintage date, March, 2015:
Deep muddy magenta now, and still showing definite, bold, old-world fruit. Awesome old world brett and still loaded with pizzazz of sweet red and black fruits. Yum indeed. Four stars and best value after more than a decade.
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