Original tasting and review : This is Fetish The Watcher Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol by winemaker Rolf Binder and first sampled 9 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.
In the glass: Deep black magenta, opaque from a half inch in.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky and understated cedar and black currant. From the aroma, seems like this will be full and rich, perhaps with old world elements.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full of the cedar and deep earthern fruit elements you'd expect from a classic Australian shiraz, well-aged, with plenty of now-furry tannins supporting the deep fruit. Soft, mature character with a gentle finish.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, just touches a plus but more for its pleasantness than its distinctiveness. Good value.
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