Last night, together with very old friends, I cracked a bottle of Tyrell’s Stevens Hunter Valley Shiraz, 1999. In this part of the world, we are more familiar with the blockbuster Shiraz from South Australia, especially, the Barossa. By contrast, the Hunter style is less about powerfully concentrated fruit and leans more towards finesse.
After allowing the wine to breathe, we all agreed that this 15 year old lacked nothing in power but had the structure and solid fruit to continue developing gracefully for many years to come. Alas! As is too often the case, this was my only bottle. I believe this fine wine would likely peak around 25 years after the vintage and possibly hold for much longer.