Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Updated Review: **** $$ Craneford Allyson Parsons Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2004 = BEST VALUE

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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.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Craneford Allyson Parsons Shiraz.

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