As you may or may not know, this week the Landmark Australia Tutorial is taking place in the Yarra Valley. Many of the world’s top wine writers/critics/buyers will taste their way through a treasure trove of some of the best Australian wine ever made. For more detailed information and/or to follow the event, check out http://www.landmark-wineaustralia.com/
To celebrate, i’ll be posting up tasting notes of any of the wines that I have tasted that are also being tasted at the Landmark Tutorial. Which won’t be many, as i’ve already polished off my dozen of each of the following classic wines featured at the tasting!
- 1976 Yalumba Signature Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Barossa Valley
- 1986 Yalumba Signature Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Barossa Valley/Coonawarra
- 1987 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, South Australia
- 1986 Riddoch Cabernet/Shiraz, Coonawarra
- 1966 Saltram Bin 42 Shiraz/Muscadelle, South Australia
- 1975 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, South Australia
- 1998 Wendouree Shiraz/Mataro, Clare Valley
But, the 2006 Shaw + Smith is still a very, very good wine… Seek it out as it’s drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so over the next ten years.
PS :: I’ve tried a slightly different style for this review in an attempt to capture some of the joy and wonderment that the participants of the Landmark Australia Tutorial feel when tasting such extraordinary wines.
2006 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz
Aromas :: Imagine walking into a store filled with the finest cured and roasted meats. You walk up to the counter. Instead of asking for your order, the person at the counter instead starts smearing you dark cherry jam, violets, white pepper, blueberries and an uplifting mix of five spice and anise. The aromas combine with the cured and roasted meats. It’s intoxicating, and your anger at being smeared by the person at the counter with sticky jam, fruit and spices is replaced with the joy of having your olfactory system filled to the brim with wondrous aromas.
Palate :: Integrity. It’s a commodity in ever decreasing supply in our world. In a wine, put simply, integrity is when a wine tastes like it smells. It has flow. Continuity. A combination of the elements of smell and taste that lift the wine to a higher realm. This wine has integrity. Imagine scrapping the blueberries, dark cherry jam, white pepper, five spice and anise from your shirt and placing them in a blender. Take small slivers from the finest cured meats and add them. Add a dash of pure silk, a dollop of clinically defined tannin, a pinch of length, a handful of richness and cup of balance. Blend until smooth before decanting into your finest glassware. Close you eyes and bring the glass to your lips. The liquid enters your mouth. All is forgotten… Bliss.