Saturday, May 31, 2008

Loan Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2003

I am drinking a nice wine with my writing.
It's called Loan. All certified organic vineyard in Barossa, Valley Australia. The vineyard is about the size of a postage stamp but they produce some terrific juice from it. The future of wine, as with many things, needs to be tied to sustainability and this is a terrific example of how many of the great wineries have been practicing viticulture in this way for decades, long before it was the dire situation we know it is today.
Massive structure but still elegant and earthy. Evergreen flavors on finish, maybe eucalyptus. Unlike the gorillas that most Aussie shirazs are, this is more like a large Chipanzee very adept at ballet... it's graceful, grand and important without knocking you over.
that Robert Parker guy seemed to like it to, he gave it a 95/ 100
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