94

Deceptively explosive and expressive, this is a true gem. Blueberry and elderberry on the nose barely hint at the explosive palate to follow. It opens with blue and black fruits and asian spices, fruits that seem to increase in concentration toward the mid-palate, like they were being turned from fruit into jam in the mouth. Black licorice, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of vanilla Riverdance raucously around the mouth for a while before exiting, slowly, on an extended finish of elderberry jam, spices, and dark chocolate. Grippy tannins and bright acids are both big but balanced, promising quality years in the cellar. Drink with pan roasted lamb chops over a red wine reduction and a bed of white cauliflower. Highly Recommended. 94 points.

WHO: John Duval Wines
WHAT: Shiraz (Syrah)
WHERE: Australia, Barossa Valley
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $40

 

 

 

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