Sunday afternoon in front of March Madness basketball, Linda prepared a hearty pizza and I pulled from the cellar a big bruising 'pizza wine', hazyblur South Australia Baroota Shiraz from 2002.
Last time we tasted this, two years ago, I wrote "its time to drink as this vintage release has entered the last phase of its drinking window, with the fruit taking on a more ripe raisiny character and the berry and plum flavors starting to give way to non fruit tones of leather, wood and smoke or tar."
Fortunately, this is drinking very nicely, still, and is showing some very nice floral aromatics to compliment the remaining fruits.
Taking into account the slight diminution of the fruits as described above, tonight this showed consistency with our last tasting which was in 2009.
Dark garnet colored, full bodied, concentrated, nicely integrated ripe plum, blackberry and black currant fruits with tones of cedar, hints of leather, licorice and dark mocha with a slight bit of heat on the full firm lingering finish.
RM 89 points.