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Peel Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

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Zinfandel seems to have found a home in Western Australia, and this one will certainly deliver bang for your buck. Like most zinfandels, it has a good whack of alcohol, 17% to be exact, so it's a monster! However, it is jam-packed full of ripe red berried fruits, anise and earthiness on the nose and palate, coupled with savoury-edged tannins and a dry, juicy, warm finish. If big, muscular, body-building wines are your thing, look no further.

Winemaker's Notes

What can we say about the nose.... It’s brooding, alcoholic, redolent of liquorice, leather and spices and full of mystery. The warning is: wimps beware!

The palate is quite seamless without a hard edge in sight. There is a wonderful amalgam of really ripe fruit flavours, some great wood treatment and with bottle age now rounding everything into a sumptuous package.

As the wine rolls along the palate, many layers of flavours are unveiled; chocolate, leather, Irish Moss and liqueur cherries. You’ll see something different with each mouthful.

The perfect wine to end a meal.

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Peel Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
These old zin vines planted in 1976 really do contribute to the texture and quality of this wine. One of the best zins I have tasted, despite the very high alcohol. It seems to manage it pretty darned well. Ripe warm fruit with tonnes of chocolate and briary dark fruits with soft and supple tannins. Nice alternative to the cheese plate at the end of the night.Ê
The West Australian Wine Guide
91
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
No shortage of fruit and alcohol in this massive zinfandel from these old Peel vines. Dark chocolate and blackberry aromas with liberal sprinkle of spices. Add some licorice and cedary oak and you get a wine of enormous presence. One for the zinaholics.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide
86
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
83
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Extraordinarily powerful, ripe and sweet; super-hot finish; an unfortified 18° alcohol monster; lots of tannins too. Guinness Book of Records.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86

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