2010 Schild Estate Shiraz - Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley (11/28/2020)
So CT popped this up on my radar with the Readiness to Drink report fresh on the heels of having the '04. So why not; it is ready, and it was a good check point for what I have left. Drank over 2 days, combined notes. Short decant in bottle and glass, like 30 or so. Could have used like 2 -3 hours. Dark as night in the glass, dense, brooding. The nose is dark black fruits, jammy, burnt rubber, tar, peppercorns, tight; mellows and opens day 2 with less burning and tar. The nose is formidable. The palate hits with black and blue fruits enveloped in tar plus a smokiness coming from a burnt meat, a mellowing earthy tone towards mid. Day 2 showed more dark red turning black and blue as a curve ball to start. Its heavy and potent, very forward on the front. however smooths on the middle with a medium acidic pop with firm tannins kicking in but not holding to the finish; they fade away fast. Day 2 more so and added white pepper notes heading back. The end is driven by potent fruit, dark black and blues, with the tertiary characteristics driving it home. Its a medley of highs and mediums, never lows. Its a beast, not cohesive. On its own, I needed to split it over 2 days. Structure and potency tell me it can sit for a while to see if it further mellows and/or integrates, or drink now with some heavy BBQ (charred) in hindsight.
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