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2008 Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz/Riesling Lion's Tooth of the McLaren Vale McLaren Vale
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

(an intriguing blend of 95% shiraz and 5% riesling):  Opaque ruby.  Intense aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and licorice, with an exotic incense note gaining power with air.  Lush and creamy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and notes of cola and spicecake.  Gentle tannins add shape and grip to the spicy, persistent finish.  This is drinking very well right now.

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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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