Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again.
(Notes this year were avoided, but scores are honest.)
Still years to go on this one... — 11 days ago
My infatuation with these wines is nothing new, but this was my first time trying one with a touch of age. This Little Wine #6 is a blend of 4% 2012 vintage, 5% 2013 vintage, 44% 2015 vintage and 47% 2016 vintage. This was released in the beginning of 2017.
As if this alone wasn’t a treat, a buddy opened up the single vintage from the same release, the 2015 Mahe & Ribo. Similarities abound between the two, but I found this to be more sweet, rich fruit and less savory/roasted character. I wish I could have a candle from these wines because for me, there is no wine out there that has better aromatics than these. Absolutely fills the room with gorgeous dark fruits…high toned with jam/preserves notes. Sandalwood is evident too. The palate is very Aussie Shiraz like without dialing everything to 11. There is intensity here, but it’s not too much. Similar notes on the palate with so much back and forth of rich fruits with violets to sweet espresso and black peppered dark chocolate. Round and silk like on the palate. Enjoy now or hold. — 3 days ago
Very juicy. Aromas of red fruit. Flavors of baked cherries, cranberry, plum, cocoa, and baking spices. Rich, and delicious! — 2 days ago
Sitting in the summer rain drinking some Aussi. Not up there with the 04, but still a good one to open during a SO Cal deluge of 1/8 on of an inch of rain ☔️
From the winery: "This single vineyard wine, located next to our winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted by Dave Powell in 1994 with cuttings off old RunRig vineyards - some of the oldest genetic material in Australia. The Barossa's first co-fermented Shiraz/Viognier, Descendant has been joined by many more in the last couple of years - a testament to its success. Shiraz is crushed straight on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig. The blend of fruit is then co-fermented and later the wine is matured for 18 months in barrels that had been previously used for RunRig. The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produce fruit which is very savory, textured and rich, a satin-like texture and a glorious perfume. Of all the Torbreck releases this is one that really needs patience. Its immediate charm can be enjoyed upon release with a few hours breathing, but after the first 6 months, the rest should be locked away for at least 5 years." — 22 days ago
very good for a screwtop 2005. full fruit, strong nose, clearly shiraz with pepper and prune forward then sweet berries and loong after taste. Clearly undervalued vs. Penfolds, overrated. — 4 days ago
Deep Ruby in colour. Sweet rich blackberry notes as well as liquorice and chocolate aromas. Rich sweet and full bodied from this warm Barossa vintage- a solid core of ripe black fruits which will keep this wine maturing for years. That solid core of fruits, after 13 years is starting to fragment and give this lovely earthy red and black fruited perfume - still a long way to go into the early 2030s. The first of 4 bottles in my cellar. Next in a few years. — 24 days ago
Wow! Tasted blind and I kept going back-and-forth between northern Rhône and Barossa. ￼ at first the nose was full out, with black and blue fruit, black olive and eucalyptus￼. Then the palate brought me back with a lot of restraint, slightly grippy tannins and good acidity. Finally it started showing more vanilla, spice and just ripe blue fruit, leaving me wanting for more. Good teaching moment for what Barossa Valley can achieve when things are in balance￼￼￼ — 13 days ago
My experience here was different than my expectations. This drinks more like an Aussie cab than a Shiraz, but lighter in style. If tasting blind, I’m not actually sure I could even take this to Australia. The use of American Oak kind of leads you there, but the richness I expected from the shiraz isn’t evident. On the nose, sweet American Oak notes of coconut/dill spice, as well as ripe dark red and black fruits, sandalwood, and a musky/earthy note. Again, the palate was a bit lighter than expected with similar notes to the nose. Faint licorice and dill on the finish. Quite integrated now, and not sure it gets better with time, just different. — 8 days ago