Excellent aged Shiraz from a classic producer drinking really well. Dark purple in color with little/no bricking. Explosive berries on the nose along with florals and sweet spice. Deep and complex on the palate with blackberries, blueberries, and almost a cab-like cassis note, and enough acidity to keep this very balanced. Served blind to my tasting group and all thought it was younger and probably a cabernet (although guesses were mixed between old/new world). Delicious Aussie red drinking at or close to peak, but with plenty of gas left in the tank. Drink now though 2028 (current CT window is WAY off)
I agree with the OP on ageability. I think the 1998 Aussie Shiraz are in a great spot now on the aging curve. I have one left each of the 2002 and 2003 Dead Arm and I am holding them a few more years. I had a 2005 mag and opened it last last year because I needed it for an event. It was excellent but could still have used another decade.
Yep Jay and Bud, zero rush at all with any of those 01 - 03’s. The one I had last night was in a great spot, but felt like it had many, many years of good drinking left. Really like how these D’Arenbergs age.