Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild but deep black berries to match the nose. Be sure to savor it before you swallow it because you get immediately whacked by bitter, harsh notes. I passed it through my aereator twice and even let it breath a bit. I’m not sure whether aging will improve this wine but for now it’s nasty. Slightly less so when paired with food. If I had more bottles of this I would return them. Very disappointing. In the past this was an excellent wine. I would give it an 86-87. Did I mention YUK?
From the LCBO web site:
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 998476
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Shiraz The Lodge Hill is redolent of eucalyptus, Chinese five spice, blackberries, black cherries and pepper hints, then fills the medium to full-bodied palate with a good amount of chewy tannins and plenty of spicy black fruit before ending medium to long in the finish. Drink: 2015-2019. Score – 90. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, erobertparker.com, July 2015) $24.95
Release Date:April 2, 2016 Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Negociants International Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm