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    d'Arenberg Wild Pixie Shiraz Rousanne 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz - McLaren Vale, Australia


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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120208

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Intensely dark, almost black with a purple hue. The nose is lifted and fragrant with blueberry and violets leaping from the glass before a complex background of licorice, boot polish, freshly turned earth and cooked meat emerges. Each sniff reveals more intriguing characters. The palate carefully balances ripeness and elegance opening with fruit characters of plum and blackberry leaf before nuances of smoked meats, forest floor and cinnamon stick are revealed. The earthy character is a real highlight and provides wonderful elegance as the palate builds nicely to a long finish with fine powdery tannins rounding it out nicely. Roussanne ages very well and will fill out the mid palate further in time with careful cellaring. Decanting encouraged.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Inky purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, mulberry, olive and cracked pepper on the cool but ripe nose. Supple and sweet but firm, with deep, spice-accented flavors of dark berries, licorice and black pepper. Nothing shy about this. Finishes with broad tannins, persistent sweet fruit and hints of succulent herbs and spicecake. For a rich wine, this is surprisingly lithe and precise.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    The 2008 The Wild Pixie is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Roussanne aged for 12 months in mostly seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an enticing perfume of cedar, smoke, game, bacon, and blueberry. Firm and flavorful on the palate (from fruit picked before the heat wave), this savory, lengthy wine will evolve for 2-3 years and deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020. Rating: 91+

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    User Reviews:

    Robert Duffy (1/30/2013)
    Fair, over priced. Had much better shiraz.
    aisling526 (12/5/2012)

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