Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Shiraz 2003
|Region||Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley|
Not that much Hunter Shiraz makes it to the U.S. these days, but this bottling from Wyndham Estate is a nice example. It shows rather clean winemaking, with strong vanilla and cedar notes from barrel aging to go alongside blueberry and blackberry fruit. Only mildly tannic, so it's approachable now, but should age through at least 2012.
The 2003 Black Cluster Shiraz was sourced from a single 30-year-old vineyard. It spent 18 months in a mix of new and used American oak. Purple-colored, it delivers a fragrant perfume of smoke, cedar, plum, and blueberry. Made in a leaner, elegant style, the wine is well balanced with a broad band of spicy fruit and well-integrated tannins. While it may improve in the bottle, I would opt for drinking this tasty Shiraz over the next 6-8 years.