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The Bold and the Beautiful.Rich plum and raspberry, BBQ sauce, subtle peppery bunch character, roses, fruitcake and cream – no shortage of interest here. Full weight and huge flavour, though it’s shaped and toned by fine chalk dust tannin and a subtle ripe stem influence. Clever. Acidity is nestled well within the wine, and while there’s bold alcohol, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable or reduce its drinkability, though a dangerous and heady wine it is. Pulls a little savoury, dried herbal and earthen on the finish. Big and brash, yet charming. Really good wine.
Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Sep12
Alcohol : 15%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 - 2020
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Barossa based Damien Tscharke certainly embraces newer varietals, his was the first Australian Savagnin that I tried, plus there is his Tempranillo, his Touriga based port – need I go on. And this Central Italian varietal is one that Australia should be embracing more, and is … albeit slowly.
Spicy cloves, cherry and plum with wafts of Italian dried herbs greet your senses with a definite Italian accent. A fuller Barossan body is supported by a fuller, but integrated alcohol lift. There is plenty of savouriness in the long spicy finish. As with the Italian counterparts, a good wine with food particularly with some robust flavours.
Date: 25 June 2012 Drink: Now – 5+ yrs