Cool Climate Aussie Shiraz

2003 Paradigm Hills Shiraz|

Mornington Peninsular winery on the SE outskirts of Melbourne. This wine 13.1% alcohol, 2.2 tons per acre, 3800 bottles made. Purchased from winemaker at a Paradigm Hills dinner in 2007.

Tasted 28/9/13. On opening, presented a soft earthy nose with red berry fruit aromas. Hints of spice and Szechuan pepper. On tasting, soft spicy red fruits, good mouthfeel and pleasant stalky lifted finish. Medium to light bodied wine showing expected cool climate characters but a little closed. Retasted 3 hours later and wine had opened nicely. Nose deepened and more powerful with nice addition of blackberry, smoke and hint of tar and cloves. Excellent mouthfeel with good fruit/tannin balance. drinking well.

Retasted 29/9/13. Wine has softened and flattened somewhat, but still pleasant drinking. Soft blackberry nose with hints of leather, smoke black pepper and spice. Drying tannins and secondary characters more pronounced.

Drink now. 89

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