What a recent tasting of these 4 aged red wines revealed

May 02, 2017

What a recent tasting of these 4 aged red wines revealed

The years have been very, very kind to these four superb red wines.

It doesn’t take much to get our winemaking team excited about retasting some of our premium aged wines, particularly when you add the words Durif, Saperavi, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This was certainly the case recently when we asked our winemakers to sample four of our aged wines – Ballerina Canopy 2009 Durif, 2010 Shiraz and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, and Limited Release 2009 Saperavi.

These were excellent wines from day one. Yet as our winemaking team discovered, with careful cellaring we now have wines with an increased depth, richness and complexity that only time – and patience – has been able to deliver.

What’s more you can enjoy these wines now, drinking them at their peak without cellaring, or should you wish, add them to your cellar for a couple more years. Or just add something akin to a brisk, Victorian High Country winter’s night and good company and consume them now! Remember, Wine Club members need to log in to access their discounts.

Here’s what winemaker Michael Cope-Williams said about each of these wines – which are now available to purchase online - when he tasted them in March this year:

Ballerina Canopy 2009 Durif

Great inky red-black colour, complex blackberry, tarry aromas, with only slight hints of chewy tobacco bottle age. Full and rich on the palate. Still springy crunchy tannins in-between youth and maturity with the ripeness of fruit playing the leading role. Give this baby another decade before enjoying it with your best friends. One of James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines to cellar.

Ballerina Canopy 2010 Shiraz

Deep red/garnet. Complex bottle age overlaying chocolate and cherry fruit. Subtle cedar oak aromas with hints of tobacco and leather that after decanting release scents of intense strawberry/juniper/cloves and red currants. Savoury and generous entry to the palate. Layers of cassis, blackberry, dark cocoa and pepper supported with fine finishing acidity and integrated tannins. Still a few years away from middle age and benefits from decanting. 

Ballerina Canopy 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep rich red colour. Huge volumes of sweet and complex berry fruit seamlessly integrated with French oak and bottle age. An effortless wine to drink that fills the mouth with cigar box, blackberry, cedary oak and long integrated tannins. Very much still in its youth, this will give so so much more with further ageing. This is a very special wine that you can confidently pull out with your finest meals.

Limited Release 2009 Saperavi

Still very much the spice box in our portfolio. Ageing Saperavi is a joy that few in Australia can enjoy. If the deep red hues and licorice notes on the nose aren’t inviting enough, then the chocolaty, spicy, fleshy richness on the palate will convince you this wine will still be delightful in another 5-10 years. Notes of cinnamon, anise, charry oak and bottle age are still developing, but the tannins are approachable and although the wine will age gracefully for another 10 years, it is drinking well now.