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2005 Thorn Clarke Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Shotfire Ridge"

Syrah

Winery: Thorn Clarke

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Shotfire Ridge"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: Shiraz

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $22

Cases produced: 15,000

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: July 15, 2007

Wine Review: This dark purple wine has a bouquet that explodes from the glass. The wine has very forward dark berry aromas and a touch of heat on the nose. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is extracted, fruit forward, juicy, and smooth. The flavors are a cross between plum and blackberry. This wine would match nicely with grilled meats and on its own this Fall at your next tailgating party. The finish is pretty dry and lingers nicely.

Winemaker Notes: Deep red in colour. The lifted nose has plums and sweet spice - cardoman and cinnamon, with choc mint oak characters. The palate is full bodied but refined with some expressive berry fruit, plums, liquorice and complex spicy oak. There is a great depth of fruit which will ensure the longevity of the wine and also gives it wonderful mouthfilling sensation. The tannins are velvety and combined with the rich fruit and spicy oak gives the wine great length of flavour.

Organic status: not organic

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