Monday, July 21, 2014

Tasting notes: $$ Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.7% alcohol and first sampled nine years from vintage date.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque a mere eighth of an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold fruit, but really showing oak and some charred cork.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hot, deep and bright - maybe corked?

On the palate: CORKED!  If you look beyond that, the primary elements on the palate are  showing dry, full, thick shiraz fruit.  Acids that perk up the dense, dark, primary black fruit feel.  Finish wraps up quickly, but clean and with no residual sugar.

In summary: It's a bad idea to rate a corked wine on the Spirit of Wine scale, but this would make at least three stars under better  circumstances.  This is kind of ironic, since Australia was one of the first regions to begin bottling even its best wines in screw-top caps to avoid issues with corked wine.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Longwood Reserve Shiraz.

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