I’m a big fan of the Shiraz from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest and after the 2007 vintage won the trophy for best Shiraz at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, I bought a case which I’ve been carefully nursing ever since.
It was matured in 50% new French oak, causing Tim James to write in the 2010 edition of Platter’s that the “fine pure fruit [was] marred (for some, others will enjoy) by fulsome oak notes”. Five years on, I’m happy to report fruit has triumphed over wood…
Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, coriander and white pepper. Also some developed character: orange rind and some meatiness. Broad but not without freshness, the tannins nicely resolved. Good for a good couple of years more but I’m not sure it’s going to become massively more complex. A jolly nice drop for a midweek night.