Australian shiraz is out of style, so I've been ignoring it in my cellar for the last few years. Last night I opened my last bottle of 2001 Craneford Barossa Shiraz. Despite Cellartracker's advice that the drinking window had expired in 2007, it was really quite good. Deep ruby colour with no bricking. Deep dark fruit flavours with a bit of leather and no perceived tannin but still well-structured.
So tonight I opened up a 1998 Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Shiraz. Again, there is no visible sign of aging other than substantial sediment. But the wine has a lovely spiciness with a Rhone-style flavour profile. According to CT, it's drinking window expired in 2016.
Agree 100%. Those big fruit-forward shirazs that so many diss soften and become quite nice in their old age!