A massive wine, majestic in its proportions,combining power and grace in equal measure. Flavors of plum, blackberry, chocolate and pepper, with hints of cedar, licorice and mint, swirl through the exotic finish. Tannins swarm but don't overwhelm the finish, which echoes all day and night. Best from 2004 through 2020. (HS)
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In the manner of all great stayers, has picked up pace markedly over the past year. Deeply coloured, ripe cherry, spice, vanilla and a hint of licorice rumble through the bouquet; the palate is powerful and sustained by sweet tannins, the plum and black cherry fruit providing the core for the future. (JH)
An impressive Grange that may ultimately prove to be underrated, like many wines from this vintage, the 1995, a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a saturated plum/purple color and a sweet blackberry liqueur nose intermixed with cassis, licorice, and new oak. The wine is textured, jammy, full-bodied, with impressive levels of extract, glycerin, and black fruit flavors. It is long, ripe, with unobtrusive acidity and tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018. (RP)
Saturated deep ruby. Deep, superripe aromas of candied raspberry, game, coffee, woodsmoke, scotch and clove. Silky, lush and expansive on the palate; concentrated flavors are sweet and minerally, and nicely framed by a crunchy note of bittersweet berry skin. Really explodes in the mouth and saturates the palate. Seems fully expressed already, but should last well in bottle. (ST)
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2013 Streicker "Bridgeland Block" Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River (Elsewhere $25)