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2004 The Colonial Estate Shiraz Explorateur Barossa Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($25) Inky ruby. Pungent, almost medicinal aromas of bitter cherry, blackberry, iodine, violet and lavender. Fat, round and extracted, the rich dark berry, tobacco and espresso flavors well framed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. Long and sweet on the finish.

84 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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