Jay Labrador wrote:What strikes me is how this wine is so unlike the typical chocolate milkshake ultra ripe wines seemingly so many South Oz wineries seem to make. While that kind of wine will certianly stand out, it's not really something you want to drink more than a glass or two of.
Thanks for your note, Jay.
Nineteen-ninety-six was terrific year for Soth Australian reds and I'd be keeping my hands off this Grange for at least ten years. Harder said than done, I suppose, when this bottle drinks so well for you now!
Perhaps the export market sees plenty of South Australian uber ripe chocolate "thickshakes", but from where I sit (in Australia) the local market certainly doesn't seem to be inundated with this wine-style. Evidence of this is borne out by the number of wines I've seen written up on the American boards, in particular, over the past few years that are totally unknown to this writer and AFAIK, are not available on our local market. Wine "made to order", perhaps?