Thursday, December 23, 2010

Meerendal Estate Durbanville Shiraz 2005 85+ Points

Meerendal Estate Durbanville Shiraz 2005 85+ Points

Medium clear, bright, russet/mahogany red with slight brown rim, indicating age, high concentration, high viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean with medium plus intensity, dark mulberry, currant, hints of cassis, earthy loamy soil, smoky paprika, spicy cloves, cinnamon and dusted black pepper.
With aeration reveals complex Darjeeling tea leaf and violets note. Fragrant oak mostly American.

Dry, medium plus acidity, medium plus tannin, high alcohol, flavours follows through, with new flavours of leather and sour cherries, medium plus lenght, medium plus complexity, crunchy style, more Syrah than Shiraz, savoury black olives note & game follows through the aftertaste.

Knowing the track record of Meerendal Estate Shiraz, this 2005 vintage have the structure to last until 2018+, though drinking well now at 14 degrees celsius with a beef steak Cantonese style with onions, fresh chilli in soya sauce and steam jasmine rice