Tahbilk 1860 Vines Nagambie Lakes, Shiraz 2000

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167.99 SGD
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Vintage 2000
Category Red Wine
Region Australia
Varietal Shiraz
Volume 750ml
 
Absolutely fascinating wines these 1860 vines. They are rustic but so full of charm and rugged personality that you can’t help but love them. I have had quite a few vintages of 1860 in the past but never had the luxury of looking at four vintages at once over a couple of days. The wines evolve and move about so much that capturing a snapshot for a tasting note is really quite tricky.
Aromas of red and black fruit, violet, licorice, some burnt sugar and plenty of spicy woody oak. On the palate medium to full bodied with red and black fruit, aniseed, leather, cedar and some spice. Dry and savoury. Tightly coiled wine with very firm tannic grip and slightly obvious acidity. Decent length but the palate does feel a little compressed. Looked much better after being open for a day. Needs time to soften and smooth off a few edges.

Good Australian Wine Guide 2007 – 92 Points
The nose is all old spice, leather and maturity, and as usual it's a bit of a time capsule of how Aussie shiraz used to be. It lacks the weight and depth of the best years, and there's a rather rustic thread, but aficionados of the style probably won't mind. It finishes with a long, mature aftertaste. Try it with slow-roasted leg of lamb.

Australian Wine Annual 2006 – 87 Points
Lightly meaty, spicy and leathery aromas of light berry fruit and herbal undertones, with an astringent, green-edged and stewy palate whose sweet berry/plum flavours finish with metallic acids and tannins. Lacks depth of fruit.
 

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