2009 Bernardo Shiraz is deep purple-black in colour. Bright and lifted, the bouquet displays characters of blackberry, cherry, fruit spice, plum, mocha and dark chocolate. These ripe black fruit flavours continue to the powerfully flavoured full-bodied palate. Driven by intense fruit purity, the palate is complemented with subtle oak-barrel characters. Natural tannins are fine, adding backbone structure to support the fruit. With layers of complexity, this is a very pure but sophisticated wine of great balance that is completed by a solid lingering finish. Bernardo is a complex North Barossa shiraz that has a long cellaring future.