Saltram re­leases true clas­sic

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

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

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