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2005 Henry's Drive Shiraz Dead Letter Office McLaren Vale/Padthaway
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2007

($25) Ruby-red. Seductive aromas of vanilla-accented blackberry and blueberry are complicated by rose oil and dried lavender. Sweet, plush dark berry flavors are gently supported by harmonious tannins and take a liqueur-like turn with air. The blackberry quality carries through the long, juicy finish. Impressively balanced for a wine with this much fruit impact, and easy to drink, especially if fruit bombs are your bag. (The 2005 Pillar Box Red was fat and creamy but verged on syrupy and cloying.)

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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#2 Pencil
by Nuss
Initial aromas were of smoke and pencil lead. The mouth feel was silky with hints of vanillia. As the wine opened it offered up much berry flavors! The finish was complicated and hot. There was a significant volume of sediment as well. Cellaring might improve the over-all structure.


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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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