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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Fox Creek Old Vines Shiraz 2010

Stylistically I found this wine making more than the occasional glance backwards to the place where I thought Australian reds were moving away from. It intrigued me to be honest.

The magnificent power of the Old Vine material was clearly shining through, or rather was there to be seen with its depth and power, yet it seemed somewhat overshadowed by a rather confected raspberry jam palate.  Going back to the beginning, it shows good black fruit, tar and earth.  It's rich and ripe, with some perfumed oak bringing it all together.

The length of the wine somewhat overshadowed by the sweet fruited nature.  I think here less would have been more.  When you have such old vine material to work with - and these beauties are centenarian - then respect is due and their inherent power and depth need not necessarily be obscured by layers of sweet nectary fruit.  Still, it holds up well over 2-3 days and so the + mark here is as much to see where that fruit goes with time.  90/91+ - Good/ Very Good

Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap


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