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A Reserve offering from the Barossa in Australia that got a 92 rating. Not from me, of course as I’m no pro. I just don’t get it. Very light on the nose, the initial taste is of smooth, somewhat subdued Aussie Shiraz- which is a good thing. They usually present themselves in an over-the-top, jammy style that we are all tired of. However, there’s not much of interest here, nothing jumps out and says ” I’m worthy of Reserve status”. It’s just kinda ordinary. I can’t even pinpoint the flavors, but will say that it has a decent tannic structure and should hit stride by 2014-2018. What to drink with? Hmmmm, perhaps a fatty cut of beef to help balance the tannins and not overtake the flavors of the meat. It’s not really a sipping wine and weighs in at 14.5% alcohol- beware. I’m thinking a 2 star wine and my own rating of 86 points- a major disappointment. Sorry guys, just not in love with it.

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