Quite curious from the outset, I can't help but feel it's a bit overripe for where it should be although it's stated to be 12.8%. Shiraz Pinot should be bright and vibrant but this is weighed down with some warmth.
Blackberries, mulberries and plums feature prominently but there's a warming spice that sweeps through - think Christmas cake and woodsy spices. The fruit is bogged down and isn't as fleet-footed as hoped. Some black pepper chimes in late and shimmers of black earth and leather but that warmth plants itself and seemingly refuses to move. Steak night material.
Drink to five years.
89/100Region: Hunter Valley