2009 Journeys End Arrival Shiraz
The high point of Ben Riggs' Journeys End Shiraz Collection, differentiated by the use of only the best barrels, longer barrel maturation times and fruit from lower cropping vines. The label is of particular interest in that it celebrates a turning point in Australia's early wine history. James Busby left Australia for a European tour in 1831 and is generally considered to be the first to return with Shiraz vines.
Silky, rich and complex this is a magnificent example of well aged McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Impenetrable black core with a very deep dark brick red black tinged hue. An intense bouquet of liquorice, blackberry, dark plum and vanillin cedar rolls out of the glass trailed by hints of earthy leather, a touch of mocha and spice. Bursting with lavish, opulently textured fruit, the rich palate is saturated with liquorice, dark plum and blackberry flavours. Elements of vanillin oak, earthy mocha, traces of leather and spice ensue. Silky smooth, seamlessly integrated tannins. Outstanding power with a long layered finish of liquorice, dark plum, blackberry, slightly scorched vanillin oak, earthy leather characters and spice.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.