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Tuesday 29 March 2011

De Iuliis Steven Vineyard 2009

Patience is a virtue and one that is richly rewarded with some decanter time for this wine.  It is easily consumable from the off, but it offers a whole other drinking experience given some time to get into its groove.

The wine offers  red berry aromas on first opening, something akin to a Grenache, yet over time some spicy, clove studded oak presents itself.

In the mouth, its ethereal, lighter than I expected; some well pitched acid and a silkiness that comes with it.  At first the wine fell short of a length, yet over time the flavours extended themselves.  Not in the sense where the tannin extends to the back of the throat, for this sees the fruit and oak delivering more as the wine opens up further.  It carries through and holds your interest.  

It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.  The winemaker's notes give a cellaring timespan of some ten years, not normally one to disagree with the individual who should know his product best, I would consider the drinking window pushed further out.  I had the wine open for three days and it showed no sign of faltering.  If you can keep your hands off it that long, you're doing well.

Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap

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