Part I & Part II - I noticed that I had two bottles of Fox Creek in the cellar, with some age and from the premium range, so I thought it would be nice with a follow up.
1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Fox Creek
This Cabernet has a deep, intoxicating nose with lovely notes of blueberries, black currants, rosemary, vanilla pod, leather and a sweet herbal/green note that adds to the complexity. Very deep and with a luscious warmth. Not a hint of overextraction, just ripe, delicious fruit.
The taste is big, tight and intense with lots of sweet bluberries, red and black currants, sugared coffee, leather and some graphite notes. The finish is long, warm and ends with a healthy dose of sweet, polished tannins. This is still relatively young, I wouldn´t mind saving this for 5-8 years more. Really impressive.
93p (tasted 2013/02)
1998 Shiraz Reserve, Fox Creek
Oooh boy - come to Papa! Hedonism, intensity and beauty in one glass of wine. The nose soars up from the glass with stunning scents of blackberries, licorice, bonfire, ink, espresso, christmas spices, lavender and asphalt. This is just awesome, as they say over there... Sooo deep and structured. There is a tiny hint of volatil acidity, but that just adds to the depth and complexity of this impressive nose.
There is a full frontal attack in the mouth from this wine - no iron fist in a velvet glove here - this is a Panzer battalion... Pure, hedonistic Shiraz fruit with lots of blackberries, bacon fat, burnt toffee, licorice, crushed black peppar, coffee and warm herbs. The finish is counted in minutes. Lots of violets in the finish. Even though the sweetness is of the charts, it manage to end dry, so that you just want to take another large sip, and another, and...
97p (tasted 2013/02)