Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2000 Holtsbaum Shiraz (Hunter Valley)

I've had a few bottles of this recently, and when its not affected by cork taint or oxidised, its a lovely aged Hunter Shiraz. To me it's just another example of why screwcap is the far superior closure. The winery itself was appparently sold a number of years ago.

It immediately declares its 10 years of bottle age with a brickish red colour. It has a lovely bouquet to smell of musk, cherry, and earth. It's medium-bodied with nice sour cherry and a classic earthiness. There's still enough fruit and acidity to suggest it will continue to age. It's ABV is just 12.1%. It's not particularly complex, and will never achieve greatness, but I just really enjoyed drinking this.



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