McLauren Vale, South Australia; 14.0% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Feb
This wine was one whose label seemed a bit odd, but it was from a good area, so I thought it might be a good wine in hiding. I did decide that’s the case, although not on the first night.
The wine seemed promising, with ripe dark fruit, rather dry, but with a good bit of acid that I hoped would resolve as more fruit came out. However, even over about 2.5 hours, it never really did. The fruit, of blackberry / plum / blueberry, never really filled out and balanced the acid of boysenberry / plum, although the wine did soften a little and add possible complexities of light prune and mint. I suspect this wine is still a bit young.
The next day, the saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle was much better, still needing a bit of air for the fruit to become accessible and, to my surprise, elegant, with the complexities of mint and earthy prune more definite. This wine should probably be given another year or two of age, but is pretty good for the price. I got another bottle that I’m plotting to blend with the Pioneer Red. 🙂