Dutschke Willow Bend, 1999
The Barossa Valley red is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. The color is a deep, almost opaque red with purple tones. On the nose is the aroma of black cherries, raspberries, exotic spice and licorice. The mouth feel is rich and opulent with deep, dark fruit and pepper. The taste is of black fruit, cherries, licorice and black pepper. The fruit is still fresh and lively. There are some light vanilla and caramel flavors that add to the overall complexity of this lovely wine. This is a full bodied wine with plenty of well developed smooth tannins. We had cellared this wine over the past five years and enjoyed it with dinner at Trellis, last night. This wine would continue to evolve beautifully over the next few years. An excellent wine form one of Australia's small producers.