1999 Clarendon Hills Shiraz, Piggot Range Vineyard
Very dark ruby, no bricking. Nose of dark fruits. On the palate, dark fruits, some leather, some eucalyptus, some spices and some sandalwood in the finish. Moderate acidity. Tannins largely gone but the middle palate still tastes of the tannins even though there is no pucker on the tongue or lips. Nicely balanced wine with a decently long finish of primarily dark fruits. Interestingly, the fruit flavors seem to shift from red fruits on the initial taste to darker flavors in the mouth. Alcohol level not really noticeable. Overall, a very, very good wine bordering on excellent. Not quite enough punch or volume or complexity to be excellent.