Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2005, Clare Valley, South Australia
Tasted November 2012 Appearance - clear and bright, opaque ruby colour with clear visible tears.
Nose - clean, developing an aromatic profile of pronounced intensity. Aromas of ripe black fruits exude from the glass, well defined blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry, than some sweet spicy notes of peppermint, meat juices, coffee, and black chocolate.
Palate - dry, medium acidity, just enough to keep it fresh, medium plus level of ripe, rounded tannins, high alcohol level and a full body. Pronounced flavour intensity, full of ripe but fresh black fruits, precise blackcurrant blackberry, blueberry, luscious cherry character, some sweet oaky notes of vanilla and coconut, minty, lots of sweet spicy cloves notes, lovely hints of roasted coffee and some fig and prune on a very long length.
Conclusions (17,5/20) - very good quality wine, showing all the typical arguments of fine Aussie Shiraz, lots of fruit concentration, juicy, richly flavoured and textured, mouth coating and super smooth and just the right amount of acidity to liven it up. Layers of fruit and spice, sweetish, but lovely maturity with kernal and animal notes adding complexity. Endless length. Drink now, this is clearly the apogee, nevertheless, it is not fading on the short term. Keep the temperature way down to balance it's 15,5% abv.