Sunday, November 15, 2009

Jimmy Watson Trophy winner - 2008 Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz

Great early drinking style wine.

Was going through a restaurant's wine list, and contemplating ordering a reasonably expensive wine, when I saw the winner of the 2009 Jimmy Watson trophy, the 2008 Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz. Often interested to see whether a trophy winner lives up to the hype.

Really nice dark purple. The nose was the highlight. Beautifully aromatic, with lavendar, spice, and some nice French oak. On the palette it was really enjoyable, easy drinking, being very plush with really nice fruit. Its got decent length, and not much to talk of in the way of tannins.

As a wine that was being sold for $15-$20, its superb value, and I'd happily pay $30 for it.


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