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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Mitchell Harris MGS 2011

I've enjoyed a fair few of the reds that have come out of that vintage.  Stylistically, there's more often than not a definite nod toward the Cotes du Rhone.  This cannot be seen as a universal statement, fruit ripeness still had to be there, along with the guiding hand of a winemaker who knew what to do with same.

Here the aromatic profile shows soft, squishy red fruits - pastille-esque if you will - with background spice of pepper and clove.  Of note was a sweeter element, demerara coated old barrel if you will.

Medium-full bodied, spicey with a hint of fruit on the palate.  Tannin is moderate - aiding a little length - and a little drying, however it is the acid structure here that provides the defining feature, again aiding length.

Simply structured - not a bad wine - lacking the complexity to age anything beyond the immediate short term.  Such a wine I found highly quaffable.  89 - Good    

Source: Sample
Price: $27
Closure: Screwcap

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