2010 The Blok Coonawarra Shiraz

How often do you go to a wine region and you tend to visit the big ones, your favourites, the well-knowns or those you feel compelled to because your friends said you should?  Me, guilty as charged.

Some great friends of ours from Coonawarra Experiences who have made Penola their home mentioned these guys to me and very kindly sent me this, and a couple of other wines of theirs, to try.  After tasting this one, clearly they know me well.

The other thing needing to be mentioned, and I feel terrible for it, is this wine also brought back a memory for me and my wife when visiting the quaint cellar door/house in October 2014 during Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations.  We enjoyed a massive platter with a glass of their wine and I also remember leaving behind a Tassie Cabernet Merlot for them to try because of the great time we had.

Aromas are a very pleasant introduction to this value gem.  Getting to know it by tasting makes you go back and check the vintage.  The medium bodied nature of this wine allows it to showcase the lovely black currant fruit, dark cherries, just a hint of spice and a nice fine touch of tannin that holds that fruit on the middle of your palate before it heads south.

It carries the seven years of age easily and, as much as it is a delight to drink now, feel free to lay it down, stand it up, put it in a box or bury it in your garden if that what it takes because it’s going to reward your patience…if you want to test it.


Region: Coonawarra, South Australia     Price: $30     Source: Gift

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