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1998 Kay Brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz McLaren Vale
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85 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2003

($90) Deep, dark red-ruby. Slightly cooked plum and chocolate aromas, with hints of treacle and meat extract and some assertive spicy new oak. Soupy, syrupy palate steeped in prune, currant and raisin, nicely firmed by velvety tannins. Ultraripe, highly concentrated and very oaky, with some bright cassis and plum flavors giving some intensity and freshness to its otherwise dehydrated fruits.

88+ 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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