Thursday, February 2, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Bleasdale Shiraz Bremerview, Langhorne Creek, Australia, 2004 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: The Bleasdale Shiraz Bremerview is a Langhorne Creek, Australia, shiraz produced by the Potts family, which arrived on the scene here in the mid 1800's. The 2004 vintage shiraz, coming in at 14% alcohol, came from a vintage which faced a cooler than average start to the growing season in Langhorne Creek.  A total of 15 months of aging in neutral American oak completed this wine's finishing.

Original review, January, 2010:

In the glass: The Breamerview Shiraz shows as deep mahogany in the glass, dusty and opaque to within a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool without a decant and swirled vigorously, this shows a bold and complex set of sweet, beefy aromas.  Bundled in there is some creamy plum plus violets, and the underlying deep, sweet red fruit.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a solid plum core of slightly creamy fruit, pushing towards the edges of your tongue.  Sweet, smooth acids bring deep red cherry up into the roof of your mouth, and spread a clean mineral note across your palate too. 

And the finish: Dry cherry lodges in your cheeks with solid acid and gentle dusty tannins, leading cleanly to a moderate length finish and the next sip.

In summary: Overall, deeply fruited, sweet, layered experience, yielding three solid stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and a plus for great balance.  Good value.

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate liked Bremerview too, awarding 90 points and writing, "The outstanding 2004 Shiraz Bremerview Vineyard is a fabulous buy, offering classic Shiraz characteristics of blackberries, tar, and white flowers."

Following long decant, four-day decant under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  the aromas have added lots more sugar to the equation... maybe an inky, pumpkin beef pie now.  Now black cherry rules first on the palate, bringing black, inky trails along for the ride.  Long, sinewy, luscious. Four stars now - go ahead and give this an insanely long decant, or more time in bottle.  Awesome value.

Updated review, about two years later,  January, 2012:  Consistent color.  Consistent nose too, still bold, beefy and layered.  The palate retains its furry, black cherry, sinewy nature.  Still gets a lift from mild surrounding acids too.  Outstanding. Earns its four stars for its layered appeal.  Still a great value, eight years from vintage date. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Consistent nose.  Palate grows a touch more muted, still outstanding.

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