My 400th review for 2020 so let's make it a good one. And this Hunter Valley blend certainly is. This Dirt Candy 70/30 Shiraz Cabernet comes off vines nearing 40 years of age.
Winemaker Daniel Payne rates the 2019 Hunter Valley vintage highly but it's a year that sits a fraction behind 2018 and 2017 in my opinion. Only 85 dozen were made, and although quite young, this wine will age gracefully for over a decade.
An attractive appearance greets the eye with a cerise hue. Spending 13 months in two year old French oak, dusty red earth is powder coated around juicy red plums and raspberry fruit. Dark chocolate is scattered throughout with plump tannins finishing and a little powdery. Those tannins speak of a long future deluxe. A great buy for those seeking longevity without wanting to drop a bomb. But restraint is the key - open one and good luck holding back on the rest.
Drink to ten years+
Region: Hunter Valley