1998 australian domaine wines, the hattrick, mclaren vale
Why We're Buying
The Hattrick is the flagship red of Australian Domaine Wines, an up-and-coming winery in the Barossa Valley. The blend of shiraz, grenache, and cabernet sauvignon contains the finest fruit to ensure a perfectly melded final form.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The blockbuster 1998 The Hat Trick (a 52 Shiraz 42 Grenache and 6 Cabernet Sauvignon blend that produced 500 cases) is a prodigious effort. Opaque purple-colored with an explosive nose of melted chocolate pepper blackberry jam and cassis this chewy full-throttle monster red reveals no hard edges. The integration of acidity alcohol and tannin have been easily accomplished but the level of fruit extract is mind-boggling. This wine should drink well for 15-25 years but who will have the patience to wait?
Beautiful purity to the violet and blackberry aromas followed by notes of sage and earth all wrapped in a cloak of lively acidity and firm tannins. Well balanced and promising for the future. Shiraz Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2001 through 2005. 500 cases made. –BS
Medium red-ruby. Big rich nose of plum black cherry dark chocolate and nuts. Superripe sweet and pliant in the mouth superripe but not raisiny. Lush seamless and mouthfilling. Finishes with thoroughly ripe tannins and very good but not quite outstanding length