2002 Rusden Black Guts Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia - 16% alc.
Wow! This is great stuff! After 1 hour in the decanter a massive nose of blue and blackberry with hints of tar, chocolate and asia spices jumps out of the glass. I could easily smell this for hours - a perfect Barossa Valley Shiraz nose. The "wow" continuous in the mouth: a powerfull blast of black fruits and asian spices, but with a seamless purity and balance without any rough edges. Even though 16 % alc, there was no heat during the long (40 sec+) and fruity finish, which was followed by a big smily round the table.
Even as I cleaned the decanter, the few drops inside combined with the hot water filled the air with this fabulous nose of the wine.
BAM: 96 pts!