Churchview’s Bartondale range sits at their top tier of wines. This Shiraz was cold soaked with 4% Viognier prior to fermentation.
Comes with a huge 96 points from James Halliday.
Bright purple in colour. First thing I notice about his wine is that it’s seamless and harmonious on the palate. Humming along nicely.
Slippery on the palate and fragrant, perhaps aided by the small amount of Viognier.
A medium to full bodied wine that tastes of sweet dark fruits, liquorice, aniseed and black pepper. Nutty, cigar box taste in the background.
With more air, a slight bitter after taste is revealed. A bit like biting into a clove, which detracts from the overall experience.
Was more taken by this wine at cellar door than when sitting at home. How often does that happen?
Sure, this is a good, solid wine. The slight bitter after taste disappointed a bit. Considering the asking price, I was expecting a touch better experience. Would be happier if this were in the $25 – $30 bracket.
Tasted 14th May 2013
$55 from Cellar Door