I have always been impressed with the Charles Cimicky wines from the Barossa Valley of Australia and the 2005 Reserve Shiraz is no different. This wine spends 14 months in new oak barrels of which 60% are French oak and 40% are American oak. Dark purple almost black in color this wine will leave a thick purple film on your glass and teeth. Splendid aromas cedar, pepper, bacon blueberry and blackberry lead into a full round palate that is both dense and lush. There are tons of blue and black fruit flavors, ripe smooth tannins and full minute long finish. This is the type of wine that your typical Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drinker will enjoy because of the fruit driven nature and complexity.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10