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Thursday, June 25, 2009

2007 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red

The 2007 version of Pillar Box Red is composed of 65% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards located in Padthaway, with a small amount from local growers. These vines are grown in various soil types including red loam, black loam & deep sand over limestone. It was aged in 75% French oak and 25% American. 

On the nose I get creamy vanilla notes combined with candied wild raspberry, bramble berry, and lots of oak. The oak is so heavy it almost turns into a creamy coconut type aroma which I often use as a descriptor for wines that are far too over-oaked. 

The flavors are rich and the texture is somewhat viscous, creme de cassis, candied fruits, dark inky black fruits, and even that coconut thing is happening again on the palate. This wine is very clumsy, heavily extracted, and slightly off balance with some bitter green tannins on the finish.
 
I really don't get it...this wine has been amazing in past vintages and has always been one of the best values on the market. Now I feel this wine if far too extracted and grossly manipulated by oak. Maybe my palate has changed to an older world type of liking, or maybe I'm right and this wine has just gone through the shitter. At any rate, I don't fancy it! 72 points

Nicholas said...

I guess this is a testament to different palates preferring different tastes... I'm much more of a novice than you, but I enjoyed this wine... thought it had fantastic texture and did not pick up nearly as much oak. Would pair nice with a big juicy burger or steak. Very much an Aussie fruit bomb, but nothing wrong with that. Wife enjoyed it as well and for me, that is a must, as we throw back a glass almost every night. I prefer big bold reds & dry whites and she's more of a Cotes Du Rhone & blush girl. This is one of the few wines we mutually agreed on.

Cheers,
Nick

Thomas said...

Thanks for your comment! I'm not sure why I totally hated this wine..... Maybe I was feeling a little in the groove tasting really clean old-world style wines and this just seemed a bit obscene at the moment. Cheers Mate!

 
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