Friday, November 16, 2012

Laborie Jean Taillefert Western Cape Shiraz 2006 88 Points

Having in the last couple of months tasted both the outstanding 2009 and 2010 (years away from peak), I was intrigue to see how the 2006 have evolved in bottle, considering majority of South African top Shiraz peak and plateau around 6 to 8 years, thereafter drink well for +/- 6 years.

Still some ruby cherry red reflections with garnet hue and brown rim.

Clean, shows maturity with spicy preserves plums, blackberry, roasted figs, wet earth note, peppery, oak totally integrated lending light tobacco note, black tea leaf and hints of tapenade.

Dry with medium tannin, plush, juicy, delicate extraction, savory with a textured spicy  mid palate, quite rich without being heavy, moderate acidity lending a fresh feel, near perfect moderate alcohol of only 13% abv, lots of flavor going on, layered complexity, from now until 2018+