Geoff Merrill Wines Reserve Shiraz 2011, McLaren Vale, AUD $65
At seven years of age, this is a wine that deserves some air to stretch and unfurl, so decanting is recommended. There is a lot going on in the wine. You’ll find of cedar, vanilla, tamarillo, spicy plum and a little touch of milk chocolate. The mid-palate has excellent intensity, and the tannins have softened appropriately.
It is drinking very well now though will continue to evolve with further time in bottle. Serve in a large glass to appreciate its many facets. (Screwcap)
Score: 93 ★★★★ – view Toni’s original tasting
Ageing: now to 2025
Food: Lamb tagine
Stockists: Geoff Merrill Wines; Young & Rashleigh – NSW & ACT (AU distributors); Hancocks Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants (NZ distributor)
Awarded: Top Rank