Tintara Reserve Shiraz 2003

I’m a sucker for McLaren Vale Shiraz, and tend to prefer its flavour profile to some other nearby regions. There often seems a thread of bitter chocolate running through the most typical wines that meshes well with a what is frequently a dark fruit flavour profile. Yes, I declare a decided preference for this style, and it’s gratifying to have an especially good example in front of me now.

Really complex aromas of cocoa, fresh plums and freshly harvested root vegetables (pulled out by the stalks). There’s also smoky oak of the high quality kind. The smells are great, but what impresses me most is the nose’s density and coherence. It’s akin to the highest quality drapery; luxurious, textured and totally seamless. A bit of bottle age too, as much a mellow glow as any particular aroma.

3 thoughts on “Tintara Reserve Shiraz 2003

  1. Mmmmm, bitter chocolate (drools on keyboard)…

    And “the Constellation website isn’t much help”-

    you can remove the words “the” & “website” for parsimony I reckon 😉


    • Hi Wade,

      You caught me at a more esoteric moment than usual! Sometimes, though, a smell or flavour just seems to appear strongly in one’s mind while tasting. I guess this was one of those cases!

      Appreciate the kind comment.



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