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Friday 27 September 2013

Main & Cherry Shiraz 2011

A 2011 Shiraz from the broader 'Adelaide' zone, on the basis of fruit availability in a less than optimal vintage. Here winemaker Michael Sexton has crafted a dangerously drinkable Shiraz comprised of a majority of Adelaide Hills (82%) fruit with the balance supplemented from McLaren Vale.

Plummy rendition with flecks of pepper; black cherry, oak - even though it is all at least second use wood - hints of eucalypt. 

The palate is where the magic happens. A little juicebomb with plenty of black fruit on entry - leading to spice, predominantly pepper with touches of baking spice. Acid is good; noticeable, not dominating; refreshing, rather than teeth chattering. Savoury twists of licorice/ fennel  round out the palate profile, adding a little extra dimension after the fruit laden entry.

Tannin is fine, moderate - length comes in a short burst of flavour with gentle fade. A good wine. Enjoyable to drink. Very enjoyable. 90

Tasted on: Sunday 22nd September, a Fruit Day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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