The 2006 release of Woodstock's single vineyard Stocks Shiraz sports a new, redesigned white label. After chatting to Woodstock chief Scott Collett last year, I've been ably informed this change was the marketing team's idea, not his (I much preferred the old black bottle, with its label distinctively imprinted straight onto the glass).
After 18 months in mostly French oak (50% new I'm told) it's rather oaky but very pleasant and classy, opening to a pronounced fragrance of lovely nutty/cedar/vanilla and walnut oak, supported by regional fruit undertones of red plum and blackberries. Smooth and vibrant, its medium-bodied palate is beautifully long, announcing a more savoury finish with a pliant extract of grainy tannins and handsome oak overlapping its vivid red/dark fruit flavours. Despite its substantial alcohol there are no signs of over ripeness, and it's a lot classier than many from the Vale.
ü The 2006 is another fine expression of a Ben Glaetzer made Stocks Shiraz; it's lavishly, smartly oaked, yet truly regional and downright delicious. Drink to 2018.