Langmeil, Valley Floor Shiraz 2008, Australia
There's no doubt Australia's wines have been changing over the past five or six years, and the stereotypical style of big, overripe wines laden with oak is largely now a thing of the past.
But this example from ther Barossa Valley harks back to the traditional style of Barossa Shiraz with all the fruit, oak, power and energy you could wish for - and unashamedly so.
It has a veneer of spice, vanilla and American oak, but a lovely lift of cherry and blueberry fruit. On the palate it delivers a huge, mouth-filling plum pie flavour with
sweet fruit, pastry vanilla notes and lots of chocolaty depth. It is big but balanced, in a beautifully confident - and delicious - style. £12.00 or so,
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