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2006 Craiglee Vineyard Shiraz Sunbury Victoria
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2009

($48) Deep ruby. Youthfully assertive aromas of black raspberry, cherry, black pepper and smoky Indian spices, along with a subtle olive undertone. Smooth, fleshy and sweet, with vibrant dark berry flavors, velvety tannins and mounting spiciness. Finishes with outstanding clarity and grip, the spicy notes repeating. This is far removed from the stereotype of Australian shiraz, and its track record for cellarworthiness is solid. (The Australian Premium Wine Collection, www.tapwc.com.au)

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