McLaren Vale Shiraz, bottle number 17580. The very dry cork disintegrated despite my best efforts with massed gadgetry, and some filtering was required to remove fine sediment.
The wines is still a deep ruby colour with trivial bricking; aromas include red liquorice, black cherry, blackberry and mocha, with sweet spice notes present too. The palate is rich, sweet and fresh with greater blackberry fruit impact; the brandy spirit is deliciously balanced, the liquorice materialises with the blackberry, spices and light mocha, and there is a prolonged, pleasingly drying finish.
At 21 years, this wine has reached an excellent drinking plateau.
93 points, and drink to 2030.