Hobbs of Barossa Tin Lids Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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Peter Schell has emerged as one of the serious talents in Barossa winemaking and, yet, he has done it without resorting to the over the top blockbusters which are so rife in the region. His team has provided us with a fine example of the great Aussie blend from Barossa Ranges fruit (a 60/40 blend). Made from handpicked grapes and an excellent vintage, it was naturally fermented in open 500 litre vats with daily hand plunging and then spent a year maturing in aged French hogsheads. Inky purple in colour, the nose has focus but still offers some oomph and punch, but always nicely kept in check and well balanced. Notes of chocolate, mocha, tobacco leaf, leather, licorice and coffee beans. The palate is seamless and exhibits a delightful touch of freshness throughout with a lingering finish. Full of flavour, the wine has an unexpected lightness, which really appeals. So much to like here and five to eight years, likely more, ahead of it.

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