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2010 Eden Road “Gundagai” Shiraz

There are lots of flavors there, but they are not in pleasing blends and smoothly transitioning layers. Instead, they are all there duking it out in the glass, each vying with the other for your attention. Violets linger on the finish. Tannins are still aggressive, doing their own separate dance. The wood, fruit, and other flavors, along with tannins and acids, need at least five years to settle down and knit together. Until then, no recommendation.
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2008 Bosman Adama

A rather fascinating red blend from South Africa. A wine that is fat but racy enough that it doesn’t have to go on a diet. A big nose of smoke, bacon fat, and blackberries. Follows through with vanilla and cumin notes and nice tannic structure on the intrigued taste buds. Like all good shows, ends with a big finish. If there ever was a wine to go with BBQ spareribs, this is it, to my (admittedly subjective) way of thinking.