2005 Pikkara Shiraz McLaren Vale

($40) Saturated purple. Hugely aromatic nose features powerful boysenberry and kirsch scents accompanied by vanilla and oak spice. Sweet and fleshy, with enough firm tannins and gentle acidity to keep the ripe dark fruit flavors from coming off as liqueur-like. Picks up a mineral note on the long, spicy finish. There's a very impressive interplay of sweetness and vibrancy here but the exotic dark fruit flavors might be too much for those allergic to the flamboyantly ripe style of shiraz. (Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA)

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