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CHRIS RINGLAND Barossa 'Dimchurch' Shiraz 2009 (750mL)

CHRIS RINGLAND Barossa 'Dimchurch' Shiraz 2009 (750mL)

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94 points - James Suckling

The Dimchurch Shiraz is the more archetypal Barossa Shiraz from the Hoffmann Vineyard portfolio. While I would describe this as the more fruit forward of our Hoffmann/Dimchurch premium project, the 2009 is dense and concentrated, showing its ability to age gracefully. At 11 years old it is necessary to have the wine decanted for at least 3 hours before its depth becomes evident.
Opaque crimson, red-black. Initially, top notes of nectarine and ripe apricot give way to maraschino cherry and molasses. As the wine begins to open up, dark red berry fruit emerges, supported by cedar oak vanillin.
Primary flavours of rich, dark fruitcake dominate. The mouthfeel is textured, soft and unctuous on the mid-palate. this overall fruit impression is balanced by a distinctive mineral, slightly bituminous edge. the flavours are supported by solid acidity which provides focus for the long finish.
Chris Ringland
 
"Coming from Adrian Hoffman's Ebenezer vineyard in Barossa, the 2009 Dimchurch Shiraz has a deep garnet-black color and a full-on gorgeous nose of prunes, dried mulberries and creme de cassis with touches of Indian spices, dusty earth and potpourri. The full-bodied palate yields softened tannins that still possess a bit of chew, as well as concentrated, mature flavors, finishing with licorice and spices notes."
92 points -  Robert Parker's Wine Advodate