Saturday, 26 December 2015

1997, 1999, 2001 Rosemount Estate Shiraz

These bottles came in a mixed case I bought a while back. I remember the Rosemount Shiraz as a uncomplicated wine back in the days. But I have never tasted any that have had this amount of cellar time. Lets see what time have done with these.

1997 Rosemount Estate Shiraz
The 97 has a mature, round nose with notes dried black berries, sweet liquorice, raw rubber and some burning leafes. A bit loose around the edges but still hanging in there. Actually quite good.
The taste is big and warm with notes of ripe blueberries, dark cookie dough, moist earth and some toothpaste. A medium long finish that ends dry. It is even somewhat perkier on the palate. Very good.
84p   (tasted 2015/12)

1999 Rosemount Estate Shiraz
The nose on the 99 is muffled, with notes of dry asphalt, dried black fruits, balsam vinegar and cooked root vegetables. A bit lean and, frankly, boring.
The taste is big and compact with notes of dry black fruits, diesel oil, liquorice, and hot gravel. There is not enough fruit in the medium long finish. Too dry and angular.
71p   (tasted 2015/12)

2001 Rosemount Estate Shiraz
A big, upfront, juicy nose with notes of ripe blue- and blackberries, tar, mint and warm gravel. Good. Rasberry liquorive. Fully mature but holding well. This is really good in its candid style.
The taste is big and relatively concentrated with notes of ripe blackberries, toothpaste, warm herbs, asphalt and raspberry chocolate. The finish is long and warm. This is drinking fine and I wouldn´t mind some more bottles of this.
87p   (tasted 2015/12)

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