Original tasting and review : This is Rusden Stockade Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled 10 years from vintage date, in May, 2015.
In the glass: Deep burgundy with brick hints, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, rugged smoldering red berries with blackberry compote added in. From the aroma, seems like this will be a big bruiser.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact as suggested by the aromas, carrying a strong oak coating as well. Bright, plush, robust with red rich fruits. Finish crawls up into your cheeks with bold acids.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for potent red berry flavors on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value!
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