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Sunday, September 07, 2008

2001 Linchpin Shiraz

A small 311 case production of McLaren-Vale Shiraz that combines new world fruit with superb concentration and complexity. The bouquet sing with deep creme de cassis and rich licorice notes and combine with the beautiful and textbook "Aussie Shiraz" eucalyptus, mint, and anise aromas. The presence of oak is also noted but brings a vanilla and creme component to the wine which adds to the complexity and body of the wine. The flavors profile starts off with black fruits (cassis, currant, blackberry) then flavors of mint leaf, vanilla, sweet tobacco, and ripe black cherries show on the finish. A creaminess accompanies the finish and a touch of smoked jerky. This wine obviously needed a bunch of air to develop because of the structure and I let it breathe a few hours before really analyzing it. A really good effort and a great example of Australian Shiraz that was not overdone or extracted. 91+ points


Note: The alcohol is only 13.5% which is interesting because most Aussie wines have become far to heavy and hot. Maybe a big reason why I rate this wine so highly.

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