(60 percent new French oak) Inky ruby. A complex, deeply scented bouquet evokes candied black and blue fruits, vanilla and mocha, while violet and dark chocolate nuances build in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated, oak-tinged cassis and cherry compote flavors that are energized by a peppery flourish. Tightens up slowly on an impressively long, chewy, dark-berry-dominated finish framed by dusty, mounting tannins. (JR)
Rich and powerful, featuring toffee and espresso accents to the licorice, plum and blackberry flavors, with thick, sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins. Mineral and dried floral details emerge on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2030. (MW)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz The Beast has an earthy/gamey nose with dried mulberries and preserved plums at the core, morphing into spice box, sandalwood and peppery notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and a full-on 'beast,' as the name suggests, it is actually very delicious and has real depth with many layers coming through on the impressively long finish. (LPB) 95+
Awesomely powerful, with a tsunami of sombre black fruits, licorice and tannins to match, overwhelm you the moment the wine enters the mouth. It is, of course, full-bodied, and doesn't have the fluid grace of the other Hentley Farm '13 Shirazs. It is indeed a beast, but will repay those who put their faith in the high quality corks used by Henley Farm.
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2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Black Label)