This is another Langhorne Creek wine that happily sails under the radar and excels in all respects. We bought this wine at way less than $40 at the time and it is still available online from the winery at not much more. Not a bad prospect because it now has some age and is perfectly ready to drink right now. Langhorne Creek area is seriously under threat from lack of water so you should make an effort to get your hands on some LC wines before you miss out.
This has a colour of deep red with just a touch of brick appearing.
The nose has dark chocolate, stewed plums and rich, sweet vanillan oak.
Palate has the chocolate, vanillan oak, plums and lovely soft spices and sweet fruit. Soft, savoury tannins gently coat the mouth, and the 15% alcohol is perfectly hidden. There is a supple and silky texture and the finish is smooth, rich and long.
In the 2007 Australian Wine Companion James Halliday writes ‘ Deep dense red-purple; layer upon layer of black cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, ripe tannins and oak-carries the 15% alcohol very well. 95 points.’
So it has moved on over the years from the the purple colour and black cherry and ripe tannins to the beautiful example of Langhorne Creek shiraz that it now is. Many of the back labels of our Aussie wines suggest cellaring for up to 10 and 20 years and sometimes more. I suggest that, unless perfectly cellared, go a little early rather than late.