The venerable old vines dating back to the 1860s have produced a stunning wine that is a multi-layered, complex and compelling for its elegance, restraint and latent power; the bouquet is pure fruited on the one hand, with blackberry, red fruits, violets and a fine seasoning of spicy oak; the silky texture of the palate is enthralling, and the acidity provides lift and fresh acidity length. Whilst the price tag may raise eyebrows the longevity of this wine is assured.
Very deep purple-black in color and redolent of creme de cassis, plum pudding, dark chocolate and dried mulberries with nuances of licorice, espresso and cedar, the full-bodied 2010 Attunga 1865 Shiraz is generously fruited with layers of black fruit plus a myriad of savory and spice flavors that are supported by firm, very finely grained tannins and lively acid. It finishes long with lingering herb and spice accents.
Fruit from 900 of some of the planet’s oldest vines goes into this wine, which gives it an interesting link to the past as well as being excellent. Cedary notes frame blueberry and blackberry fruit, picking up nuances of menthol, hickory smoke and mocha along the way. The supple tannins seem to gain grip as you sip, finishing firm enough to suggest cellaring up to 15 years.
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