Monday, September 13, 2010
Larry Cherubino The Yard Shiraz (Frankland River)
Larry Cherubino recently won James Halliday’s winery of the year in his latest Wine Companion. Cherubino produces a number of wines from across different Western Australian regions including a focus on single vineyard wines. I’d yet to have any his wines so when I saw this on special for $26 at Dan Murphys the other day i quickly nabbed a bottle.
The 2008 The Yard Shiraz is from a single vineyard in the Frankland River. It has plenty of interest but doesn’t provide a lot of enjoyment yet. I tasted it over 3 days, and while it got better over that time, it still left me with the sense that it needs a few years before it starts to drink well.
It smells lovely with some aromas of plums, cherries, mint and some nice oak that reminds me of cream cake. On the palate it is medium bodied and reasonably complex. There’s some nice fruit along with some liquorice, pepper and a bit of earthiness. There is however, also a bitterness, and possibly even a bit of stalkiness that sticks out a bit and isn’t properly integrated yet. I think this will come with another couple of years however, at which point it will be a very good Frankland River Shiraz.