Full, even, dark ruby-red in color, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly preserved, but well- concentrated, the fruit expression is a little reserved initially, unfolding vibrant dark raspberries and blackberries, lifted by subtle, fragrant spice notes and aromatic black pepper, licorice and cedar. On the palate, it is full-bodied, well concentrated, and sweetly rich. Succulent flavors of dark raspberries and blackberries are melded with layers of black pepper, licorice and Asian spices. Fine-grained, flowery tannins provide strong grip and structure, and the palate flows with acid vibrancy and energy, carrying to a luscious and lingering finish of black fruits and spices.
This wine pairs nicely with fried tofu and spicy ginger sesame sauce, beef stir fry with fresh pickled ginger or sticky barbequed beef ribs.
Boasting a hint of mint on the nose, the 2017 Shiraz reflects its slightly cooler vintage. That doesn't mean it's not a ripe, chocolaty, powerful wine. It is. Full-bodied and slightly more tannic and textured than the 2016 version, it provides a bit more drinking interest and potential lifespan.