WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

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WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

Postby Bruce Hayes » Fri May 19, 2006 8:59 am

Barossa.

Decanted.

Medium-dark cherry red.

Sweet oak and spices on the nose.

Thick and weighty in the mouth (almost semi-solid), quite rich, cherry and raspberry fruit, red licorice, good acidity, with some heat toward the end.

Very long finish with spicy and sweet fruit and a bit of alcohol.
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Re: WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

Postby Jenise » Fri May 19, 2006 1:46 pm

It didn't have any jammy, overripe flavors? I'm thinking that 96 was a pretty hot year--and the Barossa's pretty hot most of the time.
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Re: WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

Postby Bruce Hayes » Fri May 19, 2006 2:54 pm

Yes, should have mentioned jammy as well. Not overripe, although I can certainly see how others might disagree with me.
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Re: WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

Postby Jenise » Fri May 19, 2006 3:26 pm

Yeah, 'jammy' is definitely a beauty-in-the-eye of the beholder thing. To my tastes, jammy IS overripe but I can see where others would disagree. I found that quality in the few Commands I've had, but they were all from the so-called better vintages. This is probably one of those wines that I personally prefer in the less-ideal climate conditions.
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Re: WTN: Elderton Shiraz 1996

Postby Paulo in Philly » Fri May 19, 2006 4:00 pm

Jenise wrote:Yeah, 'jammy' is definitely a beauty-in-the-eye of the beholder thing. To my tastes, jammy IS overripe but I can see where others would disagree. I found that quality in the few Commands I've had, but they were all from the so-called better vintages. This is probably one of those wines that I personally prefer in the less-ideal climate conditions.


I stay away from "jammy" as much as possible as it overwhelms me and gives me a dull, low stomach feeling. There is nothing more depressing than opening a bottle of a wine I have enjoyed in previous vintages, only to find that the producer went goopy, or the vintage drastically changed the wine, as with my recent experience with Allegrini's 2003 Valpolicella.
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