Shingleback, “The Gate” Shiraz 2009
There’s little doubt that the average red wine consumer demands a “drink now” style that exhibits lively fruit and a well-balanced finale, but if you’re prepared to be patient, then the 2009 “The Gate” Shiraz (by Shingleback) will be very rewarding.
I could be wrong about this, but I get the impression that the current tightness of the fruit will relax over time and that the somewhat smokey tannic finish will be subdued and develop into a wine of great balance and finesse.
It may be just a touch leathery at present, but in time the chocolate and spicy undercurrents will rise to the fore and as the fine tannins soften, the winemaker’s talents will become obvious to all. Don’t judge this one on its current presentation!