Rymill The Riddoch Run Shiraz 1990

It continues to amaze me how many Australian wines, many of no particular fanfare, can age effortlessly for 20 years or so.  This shiraz from Rymill in Coonawarra, a full 21 years of age, reminded me of an old Heathcote wine.  I sometimes feel that words, or at least my words, do a wine of this age and complexity some injustice.  I will nonetheless try.  Herbs, spice and menthol were present on the nose, the menthol character particularly strong – a character I have found in older Heathcote shiraz.  On the palate, good length, herbs, plums, medium-high acidity and what I can only describe as a flavour of bouquet garni with tarragon stalks.  Delicious.  A reminder that the old world does not have a monopoly on interesting or ageworthy wine.  90 points

Abv: 13.5%
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au/
Tasted: November 2011

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