Veronique Foundation Shiraz 2016
Bible black, with a bouquet as old and dense as carbon itself, here’s a dead serious super-premium Barossa Shiraz from Greenock and Eden Valley. It has faint reeks of anise and licorice in a gloomy, almost sinister well of blackberry, blackcurrant and prune. It has that gently nose-tickling prickle of the ancient sandstones and schists of the High Barossa – hot summer aromas which some white-coat boffins still maintain I can’t possibly smell. Believe whoever you prefer in that department, but my word is more or less along the lines of this being a true-blue Barossa Shiraz which is the son of its country and is here on the shelf at a quality and price which makes Woolies and Coles look like cheapo lollyshops. At first, it’s thick and furry in the mouth, something that four or five years’ dungeon will sort, leaving you a ravishing ravagement to savour in big balloon glasses with any hearty dark meats and beets a little further down the track.