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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Mandalay Road Wines Zinfandel 2008

"A Princess.  An alcoholic, potentially jammy Princess, with super-pretty structure, and spice to burn... Bit of a bitch vineyard-wise.  Difficult to ripen without going porty.  Needs care to manage structure, weight" ~ Kate Giles, Byrne Vineyards

Undertaking some research in the twittersphere on Zinfandel in Australia (also known as Primitivo) Kate Giles, of Byrne Vineyards, was generous enough to share her knowledge on the variety.

Mandalay Road is located about 60KMs inland of Bunbury, in a wine-producing region known as Geographe.  The wine itself shows red berry fruit - hints of strawberry, blackcurrant pastille.  It's rustic, savoury showing oak and cedary notes.

Smooth, spice-laden with dry raspy tannin - for a wine at 15%+ it didn't particularly show that level of alcohol.  Savoury, with generous length and a mushroom jus finish.  89 - Good

Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 15.2%
Closure: Screwcap


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