Westlake, Albert’s Block Shiraz 2010
If Barossa Shiraz tickles your taste buds but jammy, over-ripe styles overwhelm your senses, then the Westlake Albert’s Block Shiraz 2010 will be right up your alley.
The crimson coloured Albert’s Block shows the typically fragrant Barossa nose and the regionally synonymous dark berried fruit up front, but rather than explode across the palate there are fine tannins and an aura of subdued sophistication. It’s still full bodied but the sweetness of the fruit is balanced by the influence of French and American Oak and a sharp, tarry edge that asserts itself at the back. It’s a wine that flows seamlessly and does its best work as it lingers across the finish.
At $30 a bottle, it’s probably not a quaffer, but it’s undoubtedly worth every cent.