Barossa 07: Ben versus Bob, their best Shiraz from a bitch of a vintage…
2007 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz $A80, Barossa Valley, SA
Thick and inky, sweet spice and star anise, dark chocolate and some attractive blueberry fruit. A good drink for those who like the big barossa style, only let down by a somewhat clumsy finish. It tasted better on release, hopefully the tannins are just in an awkward phase at the minute and will resolve with a bit more time.
2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz $A50, Barossa Valley SA
Relatively straightforward wine, plums and coffee were the first 2 things which entered my mind when upon smelling and tasting it. Not a particularly interesting wine, but not a bad wine either. The expectation of something special due the wine’s iconic nature is probably dulling my experience of it.
Thought it would be interesting to see an old school icon go up against a modern cult hero given the tough vintage (2007) to see if one approach would fare better than the other.
The only thing that was clear to me is that both Ben Glaetzer and Rob O’Callaghan successfully convey their style consistently through their wines, in good times and in bad.
This post came out more nerdy and boring than I hoped. It’s been a long day.