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Sunday 10 April 2011

Vine Drops The Collection Margaret River Shiraz 2008

I also write these reviews  up on the wine community site The Grape Hunter and it was through one of their tasting panel reviews that I was introduced to this wine.

I've met Vine Drops proprietor Nelson da Silva before at a Spitbucket session in Sydney - I didn't know he oversaw the crafting of such fine wine.  Vine Drops is a Négociant, in that it neither grows the grapes nor makes the products itself, instead overseeing the selection of wines to bring the best of regions and vintages to wine lovers.

From the off it has cooler climate notes leaping out of the glass: pepper, oodles of quality fruit shining through and initially a touch of dried herb that is present when first open.  Over two days,  the wine - if nothing else - improves, the fruit impressing even further.

In the mouth the wine is smooth, with a vein of penetrating peppery spice through to the finish.  It struck me as resembling a cool climate Shiraz; there's some brambly blackcurrant thrown in to the mix in the middle too.

Overall it melds together to deliver a slightly tannic and dark centred mass driving through the core.  Excellent delivery for the price.

Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Screwcap


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