90 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2013
(raised in a combination of French and American oak for 9 months): Opaque ruby. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas and flavors of blueberry, cassis and dark cherry. Fleshy and sweet, with a suave floral quality carrying through a gently tannic and persistent finish. Offers outstanding value and is already very easy to drink.
Two keys to Australian wine quality are the continent's mostly hot and dry climate and its great number of technically proficient winemakers. Australia's wine regions are spread across the southern rim of the country, generally close to the sea, from the Hunter Valley, just above Sydney on the east coast, across to the Margaret River...
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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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