Layer Cake Shiraz 2010

Syrah (Shiraz), Australia
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Country Australia
Region South Australia
Type Red Wine
Varietal Syrah (Shiraz)

Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb—complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves.

McLaren Vale, like all the great red wine regions of the world, is bordered on one side by water and the other by a mountain range; Gulf St. Vincent and the Adelaide hills in this case. Counter intuitively, The Vale is warmer by the sea as the warm air gets trapped in pockets of the undulating hills; these blocks have deeper soils and produce larger, fuller clusters with big mouth filling fruit. The hillsides on the far side of The Vale have shallower soils and get blasted by high winds. The vines react by producing tiny-berries with thick skins, therefore wines with big structure. Overall, the temperature is moderate, with cool nights and warm days.

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