2020 Hamill Shiraz Tasting Note
Colour: Deep intensity with a ruby red hue.
Bouquet: Aromatics of primary fruits such as black current and red plum, coupled with notes of black pepper spice.
Palate: Medium bodied primary fruits coupled with earth spice notes. The front palate contains red/black fruits such as black cherry, plum, and berry bramble. A complex mid-palate of earthy black pepper and spice notes. The wine finishes with soft silky tannins balanced harmoniously and good acidity allowing a long finish. Layers of spice and fruit making this a complex, intriguing and serious wine.
Cellaring: Great to drink as a young wine with food, but it will soften and gain complexity for ten years or more.
Vintage: A warm, dry growing season meant the vines ripened quickly and crops were lower than average. Sufficient water supply ensured the grapevines remained in good health and some February rain gave the vines a well-deserved drink and freshened them up before the grapes were harvested.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Winemaker: Justin Purser
James Suckling – Ned Goodwin MW, June 2023
The most tightly knit and jittery of the shiraz suite. The aromatics subdued and classy. Lilac, sour cherry, white pepper and nori. Mid-weighted of feel, chalky of texture and expansive with air, this grows with each glass to extend well beyond its initial taut structural carapace. The acidity here is electric, almost shrill, pulling the saliva from the mouth in readiness for the next glass. Classy cool climate shiraz. Febrile, strident and extremely long. Drink or hold. Rating: 95 points