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Woodcutter's Shiraz - The Wine Companion (James Halliday)
Strong red-purple; a far cry from the first few Woodcutter's that were somewhat thin; this is a robust shiraz, speaking eloquently of the Barossa Valley and the Torbreck style, with layers of oak, tannins and fruit (in that order).
Deep colour; a complex and textured wine, with ripe plum and blackberry fruit and oak all making major contributions to a plush, seductive palate. Screwcap.
14.5% alc. |
Deep colour; a succulent, ripe and rich wine awash with black fruits and dark chocolate flavours; oak is incidental, as are tannins. Screwcap.
Pleasing medium-bodied wine, with sweet berry fruit married with sweet oak; however, no residual sugar sweetness. Screwcap.
Clean, fresh, medium-bodied wine with neatly balanced black fruits, tannins and a touch of oak.
Attractive wine; an array of spice and red fruits, sweet but not jammy; soft, supple tannins.
Much more richness and depth than prior vintages; plum, a touch of prune; good acidity.
Light to medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet offers notes of earth, leather and spice, the firm and fresh palate with spice, vanilla and berry. Not convincing, and I am puzzled about Dave Powell's description of the colour as 'deep purple-black', and the suggestion that 2001 was equal to or better than 1998. For the record, 100 per cent hand-picked Barossa shiraz, open-fermented.