Wednesday, April 4, 2007

2004 Excelsior Paddock Shiraz

Wine maker's notes:
This Shiraz comes from well drained lime rich land on which the De Wets once raised their horses. This wine is deep burgundy red in color with inviting aromas of vanilla and mocha. The palate rewards with lingering flavors of liquorice and ripe black cherries, supported by soft tannins reminiscent of the fragrance of the Orient.

Tasting notes:
1st day:
Nose: Oak, dark fruit, vanilla, initial heat.
Palate: Simple jammy dark fruit, cherry, licorice, coffee.

Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Medium/short finish. Light tannat present.
Acidity: Decent.

2nd day:
Nose: alcohol smooths out. Oak and vanilla subsided. Fruit slightly muted.
Palate: less jammy, more cherry notes. Dark fruit persistent as 1st day. Still drinks well.
Body: Medium to Full

Finish: same as 1st day.
Acidity: Similar as 1st day.

General comment:
This wine hit you in the face with fast jabs of high alcohol content (14.5%). Rich and quite smooth. Typical feel of new world Shiraz. Not a bad QPR for $7
Wonder how this wine settles in 1 or 2 years?

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