South Australian Shiraz: panel tasting results
Gatt, High Eden, Eden Valley 2009
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Brett Crittenden 18.5 Pierre Mansour 19.5 Anthony Rose 18.5
While Gatt has only existed as a brand since 2011, the depth of this company runs much deeper. When Ray Gatt purchased the 1972 Eden Springs Vineyard in 2006, he also acquired the neighbouring site, a historic Barossa floor vineyard, and hence renamed the estate. Contact winemaking is in the hands of the much-respected Joanne Irvine and David Norman, under Eden Valley Merlot identity James Irvine. The cool, late-ripening High Eden zone of Eden Valley performed well in 2009, with plenty of time to recover after the heatwave that debilitated earlier-ripening vineyards in warmer zones.
Brett Crittenden Loads of new oak, rich and almost pushed with ripe berries, leather and opulence. A touch old-fashioned but very polished. Silky smooth and rich palate with length; slowly dries to the finish – works after some time to complete dryness. A classic, old-fashioned gem.
Pierre Mansour Savoury nose with a jam spice quality. Hugely characterful, attractive warm fruit character with a weighty, sensuous, dense, highly individual palate. Beautifully structured with absorbed tannins and excellent length. A very fine Shiraz with a real sense of place.
Anthony Rose Good colour, attractively complex, smoky, peppery aromas with a slight gamey edge. Very juicy, elegant, cool-climate style with undertones of pepper and gamey-ness all elegantly worked into a fabric of fine, succulent tannins and a seamlessly balanced, savoury finish.
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