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2005 Hewitson Shiraz The Mad Hatter McLaren Vale
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($50) Deep, bright ruby. Vivid strawberry and raspberry aromas are alluringly perfumed and complicated by fresh rose and violet. Juicy and seamless on the palate, with weighty, pure red berry compote and cherry-cola flavors, fine-grained tannins and excellent finishing lift and cut. This reminded me of a sexy New World pinot noir. (The Australian Premium Wine Collection, imported by USA Wine West, Sausalito, CA)

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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