2012 Seville Hill Shiraz No. 8
ORIGIN OF VARIETAL
Hand-picked, destemmed and crushed, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new) for 12 months. An attractive wine, easily approached, with all its components balanced and integrated; dark cherry and plum, soft tannins and clever use of oak all sit well.
It’s a perfect compromise between structure and power as the upfront black cherry and mocha characters robustly drive their way through a mouth-filling mid-palate, before pepper and subtle spices meet French oak and subdued tannins at the finish.
There’s enough natural acidity to suggest that despite its current drinkability, it will only improve over the next decade or so.
92 Points Halliday Wine Companion
At $60 a bottle it’s not a quaffer, but undoubtedly one of the best Shiraz from the region that I have ever had. James Halliday