Great to see some Irvine wines – haven’t tasted one in ages. Merlot is the standout here, and Irvine also make one of the only Meslier based wines in Australia.
This Shiraz is marked as ‘Estate’ but it’s not clear which of the Irvine’s vineyards it comes from. Dark red maroon, the nose is rich with a Black Forest cake character that comes from both fruit and oak, with both very dominant. It’s perhaps just a little cooked, and indeed the wood is very toasty, but no shortage of impact in that big and bold, slap-you-about-the-face Barossa Shiraz form..
Could it be better if picked earlier and given less toasty oak? Perhaps, but this style has broad appeal (and will last). Best drinking: 2017-2028. 16.8/20, 89/100+. 14.5%, $25. Would I buy it? Not quite, but many would.