Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Oakvale Ablington Shiraz 2014

A bit stinky initially. Mushroom compost amongst others things blow off after time in the decanter.

Loaded with black fruit, blueberries and dark cherries, there's plenty of depth but it still holds its medium bodied shape. A fine sprinkle of pepper hums through to a long finish.

Twenty percent whole bunch fermentation has added some textural interest. Some oak seems to poke through but perhaps a little too much.

In the end it needs air to show its best but will mature into a better wine. Will cellar long term.

I'd be interested to see where it is in five years but I wouldn't buy one just yet.

Very good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $50
Source: Sample

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