Take vines that are fifty years old and a company that's made Shiraz from those vines for forty-one consecutive vintages, and you can be pretty-much assured you're going to get a very rewarding drop indeed.
Campbells Wines in Victoria's relatively cool climate Rutherglen have just released their 2010 Bobbie Burns Shiraz – their 41st – and here's a wine that's got plenty of richly vibrant blood plum and mulberry fruit on the front palate, and tannins and subtle oak that add structure to the mid palate.
Winemaker Colin Campbell says the company aims for the best possible fruit each year, and to follow through with winemaking techniques that enhance that fruit's natural flavours. "We have been humbled by Bobbie Burns' continued popularity and relevance among our customers over the past four decades," he says.
"For many 'Bobbie' is a great friend, for others a new discovery that demonstrates how great modern Australian Shiraz can be."
And although fruit came off vines 50 years old, the vineyard in fact dates back further to 1870.
Enjoy this one with filet mignon glazed with balsamic vinegar and red wine.
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