2007 Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz, Pyrenees Victoria, 13.5%

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz, 2007Tasted 14 May 2014

These had been purchased some time ago from my favourite online retailer, Winestar, and we had previously tasted one but taken no notes. So here they are. sometimes I have to say it is a privilege to drink a particular wine, this is one of them.

The colour is rich, red and deep but translucent, still bright. 

Nose is vibrant; black fruits, blackcurrant and pepper spice, chocolate, and maybe licorice, also a lovely sweet note from the oak. 

Palate is broad and rewarding; medium to full bodied, rich and voluptuous but elegant, velvety and with fabulous integrated superfine tannins; a wonderful mouthfeel, chocolate, plums and licorice, and a very long and spicy finish.
Some reviews from several prominent vinous experts, starting with no less than the great Robert Parker. 

Robert Parker June 2010Equally good is the 2007 Moonambel Shiraz revealing a deep garnet color and very spicy / peppery aromas plus a nice undercurrent of hung meat and ripe blackberry. The palate is intense very crisp and taut with a medium-high level of fine, chewy tannins, finishing very long. Enjoy now and drink through 2020+. Rating: 94 Drink: 2010–2020

 

James Halliday TOP 100The Weekend Australian MagazineNov 14–15 2009The 28th vintage of this wine, which owner and winemaker David Jones believes to be the best to date, and I won’t argue about that. Brilliant crimson colour; a marvellous combination of elegance and intensity, the rippling red and black fruit flavours supported by silky tannins and oak; extreme length and great balance.From: Pyrenees, VicDrink: to 2020 with braised oxtail 97 Points, 13.5% alc

 

THE BIG RED WINE BOOK 2009/10Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh“The Dalwhinnie shiraz vineyard is one of Australia’s great wine treasures. It has hit top form here. As good as perfect. Here’s that rare beast: it has smoothness, length of flavour, layers to its personality and deliciousness to boot. It has the tannin to age long-term, the balance to make it drink terrifically at any stage of its life and the class to make it stand out. Aged beef, thanks.” Drink:2010 – 2020. 97 points

 

Wine Business Monthly 100 (May 2009)“This is a great expression of Dalwhinnie Shiraz which transcends the drought season in this elegant, structured wine, honed down to a streamlined shape. It’s tightly structured palate has fresh acidity and sinewy tannins to tie together its black cherry, plum pudding and mixed spice fruit.” 94 points

Note that these reviews are from 4 to 5 years ago; the wine has now acquired a new level of appealing complexity that is totally compelling. I think I have three bottles left, open to offers from suitable applicants to help me taste the next one!

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