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2007 Hundred Acre Shiraz Ancient Way Vineyard Summer's Block Barossa Valley

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2014

Inky purple.  Superripe aromas of cassis, cherry preserves and dark chocolate, with complicating notes of licorice and mint.  Densely packed and chewy, offering palate-coating black and blue fruit flavors that show serious depth and building sweetness.  A hint of smoked meat comes up on the long, clinging finish, which is framed by broad, pliant tannins.  I'm not exactly sure what I'd serve with this but it would definitely have to be part of a dead mammal and it would be roasted, braised or grilled.

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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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