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Monday 2 September 2013

La Curio McLaren Vale Reserve Shiraz 2010

"The Raphael of wine" is how I have heard La Curio winemaker Adam Hooper referred. I'm unsure as to whether that relates to an 'artistic' appearance or for the approach to winemaking. For now, I'll just go with the quote.

The wine slowly opens up, undergoing a transformation from dark and sullen through to something altogether more expressive. Chocolate at its core with hints of violet, cassis and damson. Over time, it takes on a more savoury mien: licorice before again retreating a little into itself.

Full bodied, it shows an intensity, its beating heart of powerful dark fruit; oak is present and demonstrates a balance against the fruit. Multi-faceted is the wine, the back end brings up a little acidic tang giving the sense of flow. The elements possess an individuality, yet the checks and balances show a wine at ease with itself.

I'm no artist myself, but have a read of the wikipedia entry for Raphael and you may just get a sense of understanding of that opening quote. 93 

Tasted on: Sunday 1st September 
Source: Gift
Price: $31
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

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