1999 Filsell Shiraz

A little while ago the Society for American wines did a tasting comparing well aged Shiraz to a Syrah. It was amazing how as they aged the Shiraz lost some of the pepper, and spicy finish and moved a lot more towards a Syrah. As you may know, the Shiraz and Syrah are made the same grape, the only difference is style in the made it is made. Trialto held an event with wine maker Grant Burge the winemaker and his wife Helen for us to taste a number of their well aged wines and this was one of them. They had us taste the oldest first. That way we could experience the difference. This wine is still quite dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with dark berries coming through. The wine is on the lighter side of medium with most of the pepper and tannins smoothed out. This truly was approaching a Syrah in style. A lovely wine albeit lighter on the finish. Very food friendly. I would give it a 90. Available in cases of 6 for $50 a bottle from Trialto.

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