The 2006 Testament Shiraz, sourced from Barossa Valley, is a glass-coating opaque purple. It is a back strapping wine with a brooding bouquet, thick, layered fruit, and exceptional concentration and length. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it from 2014 to 2028. (JM)
Quite a dark and savoury personality, with ironstone, tar and licorice on the bouquet; the palate is also dense and rich, showing off the depth of fruit synonymous with the region. (JH)
Inky ruby. Powerful scents of blueberry, boysenberry, peach pit and potpourri are complemented by hints of cracked pepper and brown spices. Lush and sweet, with strong dark berry preserve flavors and a velvety texture. Deep, sappy and penetrating on the finish, with the spicy element echoing. (JR)
A warming, plush, velvety example of Barossa Shiraz, combining cedary oak with superripe, almost chocolaty fruit and brighter touches of red berries. It seems a bit closed on the nose at this stage; give it some time in the glass [to open up]. Best now–2015. (JC)
Big, ripe and generous, wrapping its bacon-scented blackberry and cherry flavors in several layers of fine tannins, lingering well. Drink now through 2015. (HS)
All baking spices when first opened, this layers clove and spruce over sweet flavors of baked blueberry and pie crust. That sweetness becomes more structured with air, as supple tannins take shape and lengthen the flavors. Intriguing depths make this a wine to age.
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2014 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $85)