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2009 John Duval Wines Shiraz Eligo Barossa Valley
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2012

Opaque purple.  An exciting bouquet of black and blue fruit preserves, violet, mocha and Indian spices.  Juicy boysenberry and mulberry flavors show great depth and energy, with a late note of cracked pepper adding bite.  Finishes spicy and very long, with lingering florality and gentle tannic grip.  The marriage of power and verve here is striking.  A good chunk of this fruit was grown in the cool, high-altitude Eden Valley, a sector of the Barossa that also produces excellent riesling, which no doubt contributes to this wine's vivacity.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
96 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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