Bellevue Estate Shiraz 2012
The colour in the glass is full crimson purple with a lovely rosy rim. At first, the bouquet leaps from the glass and really wraps around the nose. It’s a very supple and rich nose, and starts the mouth watering almost instantly. I have read a little about this wine (mostly from the label) but was interested to find the small batch harvest and small, basket-pressing of the grapes. I am sure there is a wonderful human touch in this wine that makes enjoying it all the more interesting.
With some time in the glass, the wine gets smoother and more integrated (about 25-30 minutes). Almost a honey-like smoothness develops, like white honey or white organic honey (I say this only because I have recently gorged myself on this!). The scent of strawberries is present under all the full range of other generous fruits. On the palate, the wine is rich, generous and chocolatey, but a bit youthful. The acid balance is great, as is the mouthfeel. There are so many luscious blue fruits and ripe fruits. The astringency is so low as to improve the quality of the drinking experience. Finally, a lashing of black cherry makes it all unbelievable. The wine develops gulp after gulp into a real steamroller of fruit, with a wonderful lasting finish.
This blew me away. 96 points.
Good drinking to you,
Vineyard image: http://www.richandlingering.com.au/images/McLarenVale.JPG