Thursday, 21 December 2017

Gundog Estate Single Vineyard The 48 Block Shiraz 2014



The 48 Block is owned by the Tinkler family and is part of the Lindemans Ben Ean plantings - tiny berries and loose bunches are produced from this crop.


Each parcel of the Single Vineyard range was treated the same to ensure the site did all the talking. A two day cold soak and only 30% new oak was used for ten months.

Denser and firmer on the nose than the Old Road, my first whiff finds aromas of camphor and clove. This guy gives me the sense he has the build to play in the forwards but has the agility of the backs (apologies for the rugby analogy).

Time in the glass brings baskets of cherries and red fruits to the fore. It's agile as the fruit curls around the mouth yet has its feet firmly on the ground in the classic style of 'Hunter Burgundy'. Fruit cake spice complements the depth perfectly finishing long and moreish. A classy wine.

This will continue to evolve in bottle in coming years. You can safely age this well beyond a decade.

95/100

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $100
Source: Sample
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