Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ The Lucky Country Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2003 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Barossa Valley shiraz from Australia is one of my comfort foods!  Today, we'll sample one that is blended almost one-for-one with cabernet sauvignon and aged over a decade.

Original tasting and review : This is The Lucky Country Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2003, finished at 14.5% alcohol and comprising a blend of 55% shiraz and 45% cabernet sauvignon.

In the glass: Deep dusty red, opaque from about an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows big cedar and eucalyptus fruit with some restraint.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big, luscious and yet, perhaps, holding some power in reserve.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact relatively bright, aromatic and fragrant red berry fruit, showing layers of red currant and blackberry.  The core of flavors is supported by sweet acids that lift the sip, not showing any hint of more than a decade of age since the year of vintage.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its lively longevity.  Good value.

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