The most enjoyable for drinking now are the two 1997s, a theme that was repeated time and time again in this Australian tasting. The 1997 Shiraz Hanisch Vineyard was one of the most complex and drinkable wines we tasted, and was far more evolved than its massive stablemate, the 1998, or the more rustic 1996. Sweet plum, fig, cassis, and blackberry characteristics are followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned wine displaying no evidence of tannin or wood. This beautiful 1997 should hold for another 7-8 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. (RP)
Smooth and velvety, nicely packed with spicy berry, anise and nutmeg flavors, picking up a minty note on the long finish. Less gooey than most Barossa Shirazes, but exceedingly distinctive and elegant. (HS)
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2013 Streicker "Bridgeland Block" Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River (Elsewhere $25)