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Professional Ratings: 94 Australian Wine Companion, 93 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%
Item no. 98868
The color is black with magenta hues. On the nose is a high impact bouquet of blue to black fruits such as, blueberry, blackberry and Satsuma plum. The aromas are complex and laden with vanilla, charcuterie, mocha and subtle spices. The palate is concentrated and intense with a lingering texture across the mid and late palate. A firm structure with tight but fine dry tannins married with densely intertwined fruit and juicy mid-palate fruit weight.
Dense inky purple hue. Pretty scents of spice, maple and briary-tinged berry. Velvety black cherry fruit coats the palate with fine-combed tannins and superb backing acidity. Sweet cherry and berry impressions linger in the focused finish.
Somewhat precariously balanced at 15.7% alcohol, this may not turn out to be the most long-lived Shiraz, but it delicious for current consumption. The tannins are soft and creamy in texture, while the blueberry and blackberry fruit is intensely concentrated, tinged with nuances of vanilla, menthol and chocolate.
Saturated ruby. Intensely floral, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, mulberry, violet and rose, lifted by a pungent peppery quality. Spicy dark berry flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a smoky mineral quality and a note of candied violet. Finishes juicy and very long, with berry skin and floral notes.
My favorite of the Garden Series is the 2007 Shiraz Lily's Garden from McLaren Vale. Purple-colored, it has an enticing perfume of balsam wood, lavender, incense, pepper, bacon, and blueberry. With excellent grip and balance, this smooth-textured, savory Shiraz will improve over the next 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.