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2009 Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz/Riesling Lion's Tooth of the McLaren Vale McLaren Vale
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2012

(97% shiraz and 3% riesling):  Inky purple.  Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola and floral oils.  Lush and broad on the palate, offering hefty black and blue fruit preserve flavors that are lifted by gentle acidity.  Notes of vanilla and mocha linger on the impressively long, spicy finish.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
89 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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