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Is the 2008 Moppa Block Shiraz living up to all the hype?

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An absolute blockbuster on release!  The 2008 Moppa Block was Laughing Jack’s first release from our highest vineyard on the western side of the Barossa.

But after nine years just how is the 2008 Moppa Block Shiraz looking now?

This unique patch of dirt once home to an apricot orchard has been the location for a marriage proposal and a location for digging gold.  But these days is home to one of our most prized vineyards!  Block 4 has an altitude of almost 400m and is planted on shallow rocky red-brown earth.

The higher altitude and eastern slope plays an important role in the growing of grapes.  The vineyard is exposed to the cooler morning sun but misses the heat from the late afternoon sun as it sets in the west.  The higher altitude keeps the grapes cooler at night.

2008 Moppa Block Shiraz is now approaching 10 years and is looking as youthful as it did upon release!  Dark and mysterious with a rich density of Christmas cake, vanilla, prunes and aniseed.

The wine was enjoyed over a few nights and held up exceptionally well building structure over the 3 days. Tannins are still very bold and grainy and as this can be a contributing factor in a wines ability to age, the 2008 Moppa Block Shiraz still has at least a decade to go and peaking around 2028 to 2032.

As the Moppa Block Shiraz has a cork closure careful cellaring is essential which means laying down in a cool dark environment with a consistent temperature.

So is the 2008 Moppa Block Shiraz living up to all the hype? Yes we think so!

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