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Professional Ratings: 89 The Wine Advocate
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 99402
A blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier.
Aromas of spicy black fruits, with complex citrus notes of orange followed by a driving mix of savory mouth filling layers of spicy dark berry fruits. This wine is full and textured with wonderful integrated oak all combining beautifully with an abundance of soft sweet tannins.
Pair with osso bucco and grilled aged beef.
The 2007 Shiraz (92%)-Viognier (8%) was aged for 14 months in new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a splendid nose of pain grille, violets, lavender, pepper, and blueberry uplifted by the Viognier component. On the palate, however, the wine is a bit compressed by elevated acidity levels. The flavors are attractive and the wine will evolve for several years after which it will hopefully become better integrated. If so, my score will appear to be conservative.