Gomersal Wines Lyndoch Road Shiraz Cabernet 2018

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This Barossa winery offers the typical Aussie blend of Shiraz and Cabernet, and this is more compelling evidence of why it can work so well. Shiraz from their low-yielding, western ridge vineyard is fermented on skins for ten days before maturing for 22 months in a mix of new and older American hogsheads. The Cabernet spends nine days in small open fermenters before 22 months in French oak, before the two components are blended. An inky black colour. This does not exhibit the exuberance of the Shiraz Mataro, more austere and more carefully structured, but still offers attractive notes of cigar box, dark chocolate, black cherries, cloves, leather and blackberries. There is more line and length here, than with the Shiraz Mataro – simply a matter of which style you prefer. No doubt, there will be plenty of takers for both. With serious length, this is a wine which has a good ten to fifteen years ahead of it.

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