Had three excellent wines at a home cooked family dinner recently (roast beef etc), Elderton Barossa Shiraz 2005, Leasingham (“Rent-a-pig”) Bin 56 Cabernet Malbec blend 2006 and the McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2004. All will show more open complexity with more years of cellaring, say around 10 years from vintage year, but even now they can be hard to resist with their dense juicy deep colour of big bodied Australian wines.
Elderton, Barossa Shiraz, 2005 – Dense dark colour. Smells like toasty oak, vanilla and cocoa. Tasted juicy, typical Shiraz with dark chocolate, plush plums, and black fruit flavours, with a solid but rounded structure and good lingering, slightly spicy, length. Matured in French and American oak.
Value: Good, but Great with age. At least 5 years.
Leasingham, Bin 56 Cabernet Malbec blend, 2006 – Liquorice, blackberry and spice on the nose which are quite elegant characters of a wine, with a hints of earth, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate has good plummy and blackberry characters, of a tight but juicy nature, along with the earthy tones of leather and oak, and a prominent structure with tannins that are robust yet a little silky (and no where near ‘floppy’). Good length after. Overall a more elegant styled wine.
Value: Good, but Great with age, such as 2 more years, would be perfect.
McWilliams, 1877 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend, 2004 – The best of both worlds (Cabernet and Shiraz), this wine offers good amounts of blackberry, plum, spice, and cigar box on the nose and palate. The oak is becoming well integrated and the palate is silky with great depth, length and ultimate balance. Would love to cellar this for longer.
Value: Good considering the quality, but Fantastic with age. Would open it up again in 2012-2014.