Some wines please; others both please and inform. The wines below are some of those which taught me most this year. I've quoted vintage and producer's name, but it's not always the named wine itself which matters so much as what that wine represents.
Where in the southern hemisphere will you find a truly tannic red wine? It’s hard, for multiple reasons: local drinkers are often tannin-shy; corporate winemakers distrust frankly tannic profiles; fermentation tanks are often expected to host multiple fermentation each vintage. The lesson of this wine, though, is that it can be done, and that there is each wits for doing so. This is not simply tannin for its own sake: the sweet, plump fruit so evident on the nose of this barrel-fermented, whole-bunch Syrah (grown on ferricrete soils near Malmesbury) buys a gravity, a depth, a seriousness and a gastronomic force it just wouldn’t have without those
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