Saturday, 24 October 2020

Backline 295 Shiraz 2018

 


A bustling Shiraz with power and leg speed to cut through the defence. Backline is a collaboration between former Wallabies Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell with 295 being the number of test caps the three have accumulated. Of the three Backline wines sampled, this is easily the best. 

There is a good story here too... I had the opportunity to referee Drew Mitchell a number of times during his schoolboy and club days. He scored a sizzling 95 metre try when playing 1st XV for his school - a try that has been etched into my memory. It's moments like those when classy players step up and you can't help but note their progress through the years. I digress...

This is a generous Shiraz with some meat on the bones. Perhaps this is a more of an appropriate choice beside a steak pre-match rather than those fancy protein shakes?

Dense plums and black berry fruit, there is a cedar/coffee ground/caramel thing going on courtesy of the oak. Like any good rugby back, it uses the width and runs an overs line to deceive the opposition. Rolling around the mouth with melted chocolate like feels, it's smooth delivery is akin to slicing through the gap as it glides effortlessly to a long and sustained finish. Great stuff and so slurpable.

Drink to six years+

93/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $295 (6 pack)
Source: Sample

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