Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: ****+ $$ Possums Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2004 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Along with Barossa Valley, one of my other favorite shiraz regions in Australia is McLaren Vale.  Today, we will sample a well-aged, lesser-known label from this region.

Original tasting and review : This is Possums Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2004, finished at 14.5% alcohol, and sampled a full nine years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep dark dusty blood red, opaque from within about half i
nch from the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows that succulent eucalyptus milk chocolate that is characteristic  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered, delicate, big, bold, sweet, savory, masculine and feminine together.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact supportive of the promise.  A big, lumbering, gentle giant with a distinct feminine side.  Awesome.  Finish hugs your cheeks with long lasting percolating tannins that let you savor the fruit for a full minute or more.

In summary: Overall, rates a full four stars with a plus for pure indulgence on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This is a rock solid best value.  Plus, at nine years, it shows the longevity you could spend four times as much for and not achieve.  Keeper!

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Possums Vineyard Shiraz.

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