The 2005 Shiraz “Frux Frugis” (meaning “fruit of the earth” in Latin) spent 18 months in a combination of new and older French and American oak of which 36% was new French and 25% was new American. Dark crimson/purple-colored, the wine has a superb bouquet of smoke, damp earth, espresso, blueberry, blackberry, coconut, and chocolate. Full-bodied, the wine manages to retain some elegance. There are gobs of spicy fruit, ripe tannins, and serious depth and complexity even at this early stage in its development. The importer provided samples of the 2001, 2002, and 2003 which clearly show that this wine will blossom with additional time in the cellar. Give it 8-10 years to evolve and drink it through 2035.
Source: Robert Parker (eRobertParker.com) October 2007 by Jay Miller