Lovely bouquet, with rich fruit characters, black berry, plum, some liquorice and herb rub. The palate is seamless with pure fruit characters, spice, vanilla, chocolate and cedary tannin. A great all rounder… approachable now but will easily cellar for 8-10 years.
The Shiraz (80%) for this year’s Ripper Creek ripened quite early in a dry, warm and mild vintage. Yields were below average and the result is a fruit forward, juicy little number that over-delivers as usual. With a touch of barbeque herb rub from the Cabernet (20%) and layers of dark fruits and liquorice on the nose, this years’ Ripper has vibrant dense fruit on the palate, hints of cocoa and vanilla and gentle tannins which provide a lush finish. Drink now or cellar comfortably for 8-12 years.
Rich and juicy old vine Shiraz from a fantastic vintage is balanced out by some really subtle herbal notes from the Cabernet. The nose hints at some velvety richness to come on the palate, and it doesn’t disappoint. Showing great weight and concentration, subtle silky tannins and a lovely, well balanced, silky smooth finish. Blend 80% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet.
A blend of 82% Shiraz and only 18% Cabernet makes this Ripper really fleshy and juicy, from some truly awesome Shiraz, balanced out by some really subtle herbal notes from the Cabernet. The nose hints at some great richness to come on the palate, and it doesn’t disappoint. Great weight and concentration, subtle silky tannins and a lovely, well balanced and tight finish.
I think the 2011 is a great result for a tough vintage. It’s 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet but the Cab Sav really shines through in the cooler years. It’s got bright fruit and well integrated acid, the palate is soft and lingering and it is perfectly balanced. But so it should be- it’s a blend of Black Guts and Boundaries. Enjoyable now and will cellar very well.