Had dinner at home last night with the family, with Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2001, a Hamelin Bay Shiraz 2005, and I opened one of my Thompson Estate Cabernet Tempranillo 2006 wines to check up how it was going (as when i bought the case it was a great wine but needed ageing).
First off the Penfolds Bin 389, South Australia, 2001 was decantered. Beautiful stunning oak, Rich Plummy fruit and spice with a hint of something deep like liquorice and chocolate, and long, lingering but smooth tannins. A typical bechmark for great Aussie wine around the $50 mark. Still a little young but still enjoyable drinking now. Will cellar for another 6 years… And by then it will have some Umami style (see here for ‘umami’).
Next up was the Hamelin Bay “Five Ashes Vineyard” Shiraz, Margaret River, 2005. Love the label, sleek black and simple but bold. It was cool climate style pallate, good spice and plum, but a little flat on length, while also a little sharp on the acid and/or tannin. This was defintely too young to drink now but I think in 4+ years it would be much better. Still, to be honest I wouldn’t buy this Shiraz again but I would be interested in trying their Cabernet as I think that would be much better.
Thompson Estate (from Byrne and Smith wines) http://www.byrneandsmith.com.au/ Cabernet Tempranillo Blend, South Australia, 2006, is doing really well and I was pleased. Still can do with a little more age but also quofffable (slurpable/drinkable) now. Good Medium Body and Dark Crimson red in colour. Earthy tannins that are not too sharp. Good amount of, slightly vanillin, oak and fruit. Long medium-bodied finish. These will be perfect next year! Good wine to buy by the case with great value and quality.