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Salomon Estate 'Alttus' Shiraz
Tasted blind. Bright mid crimson. Straightforward ripe, herbal Syrah on the nose. Treacle toffee and some sweetness. A little demanding at the moment but a creditable offering. Appetising. Definitely northern Rhône. Clean and fresh with attractively sweet flesh. Chapoutier? No! turns out to be Alttus…! 18/20 - Jancis Robinson
I’m pretty certain this is made with shiraz. It’s certainly grown on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It was barrel-aged for 18 months in 300-liter hogsheads (100% new French oak). It was sent in recently, so this 2010 is the current release.
It’s rich with both fruit and oak and is softness personified. This is the butter smoothness of age, for the most part, though the creaminess of the oak doesn’t hurt. It tastes of plum, blueberry, blackberry and spearmint, the latter rising deliciously as the wine breathes. There’s some leathery development just starting to emerge. It’s drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so for at least another handful of years. 94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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