A few weeks ago, AWG decided it was time to prune the cellar.
This is when we came across this sleeper from 2000, something of a rarity, given how hard they are to come by. Carefully uncorked and decanted to breathe for over four hours, this Clare Valley icon rose to the occasion.
Perfumed bouquet featuring plum and sultana trimmings, complimented by a hint of spice in the body, that little twist provided courtesy of the Malbec, and a slightly chalky aftertaste possibly owing to age. Great viscosity, the wine clung to the glass. A silky smooth and well matured drink from a very well regarded vineyard. Just superb!
The label says this wine will be best drinking between 2008 and 2016, We opened it last week at dinner and I have to say it was certainly at its best. I rarely leave wines to mature so long but I am glad I allowed this one some years.
Its deep red colour, pleasant nose and shot of berry fruit flavours, spices and hint of oak, were matched with a rich full bodied palate with fine tannins and a long lingering finish which invited another taste (or glass).
My only regret is that I don’t have any more of this excellent wine in my cellar.