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Atypical of Aussie Shiraz, this wine was way more subdued than the Cabernet we tried side-by-side form the same winery.  A beautiful purple color in the glass, the nose offered blackberry and pepper.  Spicy is good, jammy is bad.  Made in a more restrained way, this wine was offering dark fruits and a hint of oak along with some asian plums on the palate.  Very well integrated tannins and good balance made this easy to drink and I would pair it with steaks, burgers and ravioli.  Not a serious wine but certainly a good quaffer.  I enjoyed the 2008 Shiraz and had similar reviews.  It seems to be a consistent wine year in and out.  88 points on a technical merit and 3 stars for this $19 effort that is widely available.  Salut….

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