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2008 Shirvington Shiraz McLaren Vale

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2008 Shirvington Shiraz McLaren Vale

Producer: Shirvington
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: Australia
Region: McLaren Vale

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2010

($67) Opaque purple. Powerful, deeply scented aromas of black and blue fruits, cola, incense and vanilla, plus hints of dried flowers and licorice. Ripe, fleshy and palate-coating, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors, a velvety texture and a late note of sassafras. Very rich shiraz with a strong finishing note of dark fruit liqueur and surprising vivacity. Highly concentrated but avoids heaviness; I'd hold off on opening this for another four or five years. (Quintessential, Napa, CA)

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