The 1998 Shiraz Hillside was aged in 100% new American oak from relatively young vines that are the same clone of Shiraz as planted in the Block 6, which still contains 100+ year old vines. This is a full throttle, artisinal, powerful, super-concentrated wine with opaque black/purple color, notes of new oak intermixed with licorice, blackberry, cassis, asphalt, and leather. The wine is huge, massive, chewy, and unctuously textured. It is a total turn-on. Drink it over the next 15-20+ years. (RP)
Medium to full red-purple; very ripe, rich and concentrated blackberry, plum and earth aromas foreshadow a palate with seductively sweet dark berry and dark chocolate flavours surrounded by supple tannins. Minimal oak input throughout.
Full ruby. Roasted nutty black fruits, meat, graphite and smoky oak on the nose. A fat, dense fruit bomb, with vibrant flavors of cassis, smoked meat, tar and leather. This boasts remarkable fruit for six-year-old vines. Chewy finish features thoroughly lush tannins. (ST)
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