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92 • Jip Jip Rocks 2007 Shiraz-Cabernet, Limestone Coast.
Inky garnet violet color. Exotic curried chocolate, crushed boysenberries, grilled sausage, and eucalyptus aromas follow through on a rich, supple entry to a very fruity medium-to-full body with layers of chocolate wafer cookie and star anise. Finishes with a long, refreshingly crisp fruit and Asian spice fade. A zesty, fruit forward crowd pleasing sipper. (tasted on Jan-20-2009)
92 • Marquee 2007 Classic, GSM, South-Eastern Australia $11.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Exotic curry chocolate bonbon, dried sour cherry, eucalyptus, and pink peppercorn aromas follow through on a round, zesty entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with tart cranberry relish and mineral notes. Finishes with a long, refreshing fade. A superb crowd pleasing aperitif or pair with spicy Middle Eastern lamb dishes. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
91 • S.C. Pannell 2006 Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale $53. Sustainable Agriculture/No Pesticides
Garnet violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate wafers, berry custard, and dried turkey follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with touch of tomato, baby strawberry, and cracked black pepper. Finishes with long, tangy berry, baked green apple, and cocoa powder fade. Nicely balanced and styled. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
89 • Kaesler 2006 "Stonehorse", GSM, Barossa Valley $20.
Deep garnet color. Densely spice aromas of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, and black cherries follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a tangy pomegranate note. Finishes with chewy, cedar accented fade. Pair with veal chops. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
89 • Schwarz 2006 "Dust Kicker", Barossa Valley $27.95.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of dried currant, baked fig, cocoa, and seared pork fat follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a touch of olive brine, dried eucalyptus leaf, green tomato, and slate. Finishes with a fruity blackberry jam and white pepper fade. Very nice. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
89 • Thorn Clarke 2006 "Shotfire Cuvée", Barossa Valley $23.95.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of plum pie, honeycomb, red apple, and spice follow through on a round, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with tangy cassis and spiced nut notes. Finishes with a crisp, cedary tannin fade. A nicely styled food wine to pair with flank steak. (tasted on Jan-20-2009)
85 • Massena 2006 "The Moonlight Run", Barossa Valley $34. Sustainable Agriculture/No Pesticides
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of olive, craisins, and chocolate follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with red apple skin and cedar notes. Finishes with a crisp, chewy tannin fade. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
84 • McGuigan 2006 "Discover", Shiraz-Viognier, Langhorne Creek $16.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet color. Crispy bacon, chocolate covered raspberry, and lard aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with baked apple, rosemary and spice notes. Finishes with a crisp apple skin and chewy tannin fade. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)