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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

2004 Rook­ery Peak Caber­net Shi­raz THE 2004 Rook­ery Peak Caber­net Shi­raz ($50, 94 points) is the flag-bearer for the win­ery in terms of price. It has good fo­cus, line and length to a mix of blackcurrant, black cherry and black­berry fruit on a medium to full-bod­ied palate. The over­all ex­tract, oak and tan­nins are in per­fect bal­ance. With its screw­cap clo­sure, the wine could cel­lar be­yond 2024. How­ever, it’s hard to ig­nore the 2004 Rook­ery Caber­net Sauvi­gnon ($30, 94 points); dense red-pur­ple, it is flooded with blackcurrant and cas­sis, the am­ple struc­ture sup­ported by ripe tan­nins, the length and bal­ance all you could ask for. At 14 per cent al­co­hol, it is medium bod­ied and will be at its peak ear­lier than the caber­net shi­raz (say, 2019) but with no rea­son to de­lay drink­ing it much sooner. (08) 8553 9099; www.rook­ery­wines.com.au. James Halliday

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