James Halliday hit the nail on the head. This Shiraz belies the common beliefs about the 2011 vintage. This wine has wonderful aromatics, typical of the vintage, however, the wine itself is intense and well structured. The fruit is bright and powerful, and the palate is well structured and full of flavour. I believe this wine will outlive most vintages either side of this most terrific 2011.
While the weather was pretty poor in 2011, the real positive to come from this vintage was the great acidity and complex aromatics. This wine has great fruit and structure and may well outlive the 2010 or 2012.
“Who said the ’11 vintage created thin, unripe grapes? Not the Rusty Mutt. This has a strong, healthy colour, the bouquet and palate speaking first about the region, next about the variety, and finally the winemaker. The vintage was left with nothing to say in the face of abundant black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate set in a bed of ripe tannins and high-flavoured oak.”
James Halliday – Published on 27 Jul 2014
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