A pre-bottling tank sample of the 2003 Shiraz The 11th Hour (100% Shiraz from 60-year-old vines in the Greenock sector) was aged in primarily old French barrels and small foudres. It smells like a flower garden planted among acres of blueberry fields. A dense ruby/purple color and the stunning aromatics are followed by an equally complex, elegant, medium to full-bodied Shiraz with fabulous concentration, great balance, and tremendous purity as well as intensity.
You know, this started off in a nice place. Great fruit and soft mouthfeel, just a hint of smokey vanilla (which I don't like). With time, the vanilla invasion occurred and the wine became undrinkable to me. RP claims french elevage but sure tasted like american oak to me...started 93 but ended in the drain...pop and drink immediately if you don't like vanilla.