WEST CAPE HOWE TWO STEPS SHIRAZ 2016
A wonderfully firm, savory and serious Shiraz that is quite big and ripe, but feels more like a warm-vintage Hermitage or a Cornas stripped of its tannins than what you'd normally expect for an Australian Syrah labeled as "Shiraz". I really could use a bit more tannic structure here and the alcohol feels rather high, but otherwise this is wonderfully harmonious and serious effort for the style - nothing unlike the jammy and oaky Shiraz wines Australia is so known for. Performing quite well already, bot I get the feeling that it takes a few years more before the wine really starts to hit the stride. Probably peaking in another 8-10 years or so. Good stuff.