Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Cooks Lot Handpicked Shiraz 2014

I've never met Duncan Cook though we've shared numerous emails over the few years he has been sending me samples. He strikes me as a humble and conservative guy, something which is portrayed through his wines. Duncan is producing some terrific wines out of Orange, and whilst his pricing has been just as humble and conservative over the years, he is starting to step things up now.

This handpicked Shiraz is his flagship for the variety. Other wines in the range shoot for around $20 - too cheap for what you get. This weighs in at double that. It's smart booze too, very smart.

A small portion of whole bunches were used to produce this elegant style. Fruit, oak and acid all walk in unison delivering a wine of precision and class.

Dark cherries, baked raspberries, a dollop of blueberries and mulberries plus cedary oak hit the spot early. An elegant line of spice has a chauffeur driven passage through the middle providing a long and sustained finish.

I don't usually finish off sample bottles but this was too good to resist. A wine certainly worth hunting down.

Drink now or cellar for up to ten.

94/100 - Very good+

Region: Orange
RRP: $46
Source: Sample

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