The brilliant 2001 Shiraz 1914 comes from a parcel of 90-year-old Shiraz vines, and spent 22 months in a combination of American and French oak. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by fresh, lively aromas of creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, and a notion of scorched earth. There are layers of flavor as well as an opulent, full-bodied, voluptuous texture, and terrific purity as well as richness in the finish. The oak component has been completely absorbed. This Shiraz only tips the scales at 14.5% (low by South Australian standards).