2003 Rosemount Shiraz Hill of Gold

Price: $9.02 @ BevMo imported by PWG Vinters USA (retails at $17.99 a bottle)

What They Said:

Per the winery “To the eye, vibrant crimson with ruby hues. To the nose, aromas of liquorice, thyme and herbs lead to a sweet lift of vanilla oak, mocha and plums. On the palate, mocha and plum aromas follow from the nose onto an inky palate redolent of spicy fruit and pepper. A fresh, vibrant and youthful wine with well integrated tannins and an elegant finish.”

What I Think:

This one was nicer than I remembered from my last go round. Perhaps my inclination that it needed a bit more time to settle down was proving correct. This bottle showed mint & licorice on the nose. The palate showed some chocolate flavoring though the finish was fast and tannic. All in all seemed a bit light for a Shiraz, in my opinion you are better off trying something else. I would look for this Yalumba “Y” Series as a potential alternative.

Rating: Skip It

2003 Rosemount Shiraz Hill of Gold

Price: $9.02 @ BevMo imported by PWG Vinters USA (retails at $17.99 a bottle)

What They Said:

Per the winery “To the eye, vibrant crimson with ruby hues. To the nose, aromas of liquorice, thyme and herbs lead to a sweet lift of vanilla oak, mocha and plums. On the palate, mocha and plum aromas follow from the nose onto an inky palate redolent of spicy fruit and pepper. A fresh, vibrant and youthful wine with well integrated tannins and an elegant finish.”

What I Think:

This wine didn’t start well, very closed on the nose. Where’s the fruit? Perhaps herbs as mentioned above but I’m not finding the “sweet lift”. On the tongue…again nothing compelling, does it need more time. Must I lay this one down for a while? All I am getting is sour, tart fruit that I would call cherry with loads of white pepper to finish. After a night on the counter the fruit started to come forward but quickly becomes tart in the mouth. I am thinking about making it a rule to open all wines a minimum of an hour before drinking. I had this with pasta, they recommended otherwise. Still another bottle of this as it was from the 5c sale. Next time I will try to stick to where it is “ideally suited”. Til then drink this wine carefully.

Rating: Skip It