Every now and then, you get to enjoy a wine that is striking – it just makes you immediately sit up and take notice, makes the hairs stand on end, and you savour every last drop. It’s as pure a definition of joy as you’re likely to find.
For us here at Glenguin, being able to release our Cellar Aged 2007 Aristea Shiraz for wine enthusiasts to enjoy gives us that same feeling.
There is something about Aristea. Whether it’s the wonderful nose of smoky, rich, deep and dark fruits; the palate of blood plum and dark cherry that’s got just a hint of earthy truffle; or the fact that looking at this wine and you cannot think that it’s possible to be a 10 year old shiraz, there’s something truly mesmerising and intoxicating.
Probably most striking to me is the fact that, no matter how you look at it, you can’t help but think this wine has a long life ahead of itself. And whilst amazing to drink now, the notion of savouring it in another 10, 20 or even 30 years cannot help but be implanted on your consciousness. The freshness of the fruit that would otherwise make you think it’s only a youngster; the nose with just the subtlest hint of earthiness; the faint touches of those classic aged Hunter characters – touches of leather, hints of cedar – that gives you something to grasp onto, saying this is what it’s going to be like with more time.
Patience is a virtue, but one that will reward. If you’ve got the patience, grab half a dozen and watch them come to life over the next couple of decades – if you can wait further, do it.
You won’t be disappointed.