March 18, 2010
Inniskillin 2004 Brae Burn Vineyard Shiraz
(Re-Tasted March 2010) ... Still in a Syrah / Shiraz mood and still wanting to go Ontario I looked further into my cellar inventory and found this Inniskillin 2004 version. It's a single vineyard wine from the Brae Burn vineyard, from a year that is thought to be pretty dodgy. Pouring the wine into the glass I noticed that it was still pretty red in colour with little signs of its age. The nose gave little in the way of positive smells but the palate still had elements of spice and cassis. The finish is where things got interesting, it was kind of a sour-butterscotch seasoned with white pepper, sounds odd and not very appealing but in a strange way it was quite drinkable and enjoyable. Then there was the lingering finish which dropped the butterscotch note and left behind the pepper and some wood characteristics. For the record, decanting striped this wine of any flavour or character so I poured straight from the bottle.
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