Monday 12 February 2024

Shafer Lunch Tasting

The dynamic duo from Shafer - Matthew Sharp and Jake Watson - was back in town and I was fortunate enough to caught up with them and taste the newly relesead vintages, courtsey of Vinunic. All will be relesead at the monopoly in the middle of March.
We were seated in a private room at Brasserie Astoria and enjoyed a great lunch.
More Shafer tasting notes below.

2022 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
A deep, spicy nose with notes of candied lemons, matchbox, chalk and Thai basil. Very complex and fine.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of lemon cream, smoke and chrushed rocks. Long and lingering. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2024/01)

2021 TD-9
A deep, tight nose with notes of ripe black currants, plums, violets and dried meat. Concentrated and fine.
The taste is taut and smoky with lovely black fruit, polished tannins and a long finish with chocolate covered plums and cigar notes. 6+ years. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec.
93p   (tasted 2024/01)

2021 One Point Five
Hands down, the best One Point Five I have ever tasted. The nose is utterly gorgeous with notes of spicy tobacco, earth, dark candle grease, plums and sun warm rocks. Stunning.
The taste is pure and brilliant with notes of ripe black currants, graphite, tobacco, scorched earth and smoke. Very long. Seamless. 8+ years. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Merlot and 1% Malbec. Gotta get me some.
97p   (tasted 2024/01)

2019 Relentless
A very deep, complex nose with notes of sweet violets, plums, blackberries and dark caramel. Beautiful.
The taste is tight and taut with notes of ripe plums, dark chocolate, violets and asphalt. Very, very long with a fine dry twist at the end. 8+ years. 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah.
95p   (tasted 2024/01)

2019 Hillside Select
A high, intense, bottomless deep nose with notes of perfectly ripe black currants, ceder, graphite and fine tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is rich and focused with boatloads of restrained black fruit with notes of chocolate biscuits, smoke, graphite and black earth. 10+ years.
96p   (tasted 2024/01)

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