2002 d’arenberg Vintage fortified Shiraz 18.5%
Last year I tried to visit D’arenberg to see the notorious cube, plus try some of their gigantic range of eclectically-named wines. Their baffling website defeated my booking attempts, and the door-keeper was reluctant, and then in fact unable to assist. Who needs usability when the website looks attractive?? My conclusion was “never again”. But here is one of their wines…
This bottle was purchased a few months ago at auction for a meagre $23, so another bargain (and bonus points for being a cool vintage).
Battered cork, but the wine has survived 21 years. Loads of sediment.
Deep black colour, bricking but Ok; Dark fruits, red liquorice, fine brandy, plentiful spices. The palate has ripe, sweet dark fruits, fruit-peel characters and very refined “milk chocolate” tannins – altogether a memorable little package. Time ahead too, cork permitting.
Drink to 2030, 92 points, and 92 points.
1972 Seppelt Barossa Vintage Port GR72 20%
Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Served blind. Ruby with some bricking and evidently significant age.
Ripe, sweet, old-fashioned, cuddly, delicious. Australian, brandy spirit (although one winemaker thought neutral SVR). Very, very fine and lingering. Creamy and just some complexing hints of oloroso sherry.
A different bottle showed as slightly more youthful. I guessed mid-1970s, and from North-east Victoria, but when unveiled -a terrific treat as a 50 y/o with great wine show results.
Drink to 2035, and 94 points