Saltram releases true classic
IF YOU love wines and you’re a journalist, the ideal gig is to put your hand up to do the wine reviews.
I started way back with the Land Newspaper when I would travel down to the Hunter Valley to meet with the likes of Murray Tyrell and Reg Drayton.
One of the first lessons I learnt was that before you tried a wine, never look at the price tag.
As we all know the price of a wine can sometimes paint totally the wrong picture of what’s in the bottle.
There have been many times when a bottle priced under $20 has outperformed wines that retailed for more than three times that amount.
The latest release by Saltram of its Journal Centenarian Shiraz landed on my desk this week and I must admit I did already know that it came in the special price category.
I therefore decided to blind taste it alongside two other premium wines I had been keeping for a special occasion.
The result confirmed that the boasts by Saltram that this is of the highest class were right on the mark.
Saltram the Journal Centenarian Shiraz was sourced from just one vineyard within the Mt McKenzie area of Eden Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1901 and sits at an elevation of 472 metres above sea level.
Handpicked from very low yielding vines this wine is classified as a Centenarian under the Barossa Old Vine charter due to the vine age exceeding 100 years.
The winemaker’s notes say: “The wine has very fine, unwavering tannins which provide a line to shoulder the lingering rich fruit reminiscent of dark plums, fresh cherries and cedar. It has great length and persistence, which with careful cellaring will endure for many years.”
My view is that I am disappointed, not in the wine, but in the fact that because it’s so expensive I can’t go out and buy a few of these at will.
As a great wine it fits into my very special occasion category and for that the price doesn’t really matter, as long as you don’t have too many of those occasions each year. FOOD: Venison RATING: 97/100 RRP $174.99