Max Shiraz 2010, which was medium bodied, lots of berry fruit and finishing well tannins bordering dusty.
This 2009, still available at the cellar door or online, is darker with brooding gutsy aromas of chocolate, cherry ripe with a dash of cinnamon. Cherry ripe flavours are awash in the mouth as are dense plums. Well structured with a forever lasting length. And just when all is gone, there is a neat chocolate touch which reappears. Fine silky tannins seal the deal.
Much of Adrian Tobin's wines are currently sold out due to popularity which is great to see for a small operator. Adrian is considering a closing his cellar door as a result with members and interstate folk buying the bulk. A bold move, but hey, his wines are speaking for themselves. Neat packaging and little touches at the cellar door cap off very well produced wines.
Before writing off Queensland's ability to produce good wine, best you get your hands on some Tobin Wines.
Who: Tobin Wines http://www.tobinwines.com.au/
What: Shiraz (14.4% alc)
Where: Granite Belt
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