Tarrahill some previews; '15 shiraz and '16 chardonnay

It is always a pleasure tasting newly bottled wine and here are a couple of wines from Tarrahill in the Yarra Valley that have not yet been released.  While very kindly provided for MW studies, both are in fact very good wines in their own right and deserve attention.  You can read more about Tarrahill here.


Tarrahill Shiraz 2015
This is much more like the 2012 than the more full flavoured 2014 vintage.  It's very youthful, as can be expected, and almost Saint Joseph like in bearing.  This is intended as a compliment.  In terms of the wine itself, there's spice, pepper, good length on the palate, a medium body and well handled oak.  This is an excellent example of a cooler climate syrah style that is approachable now.

Tarrahill Chardonnay 2016
All of the component parts are in harmony in this vintage of Tarrahill's chardonnay.  Its aromas are bright and suggestive of lemons, lemon curd, grape fruit and quince, while well judged oak supplements rather than supplants.  The palate has good length, fresh acidity and lemon characters.  In short, an excellent first impression.

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