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Summerfield (Australia) Reserve Shiraz, Victoria 1999
This won a 5* award in a tasting of 200 Australian Shiraz wines in Decanter magazine, August 2001. It is a deep, dense, violet-black wine with an immediately sonorous, powerful nose of kirsch, blackberries, mulberries and bitter dark chocolate and subtle notes of vanilla, spice and eucalyptus. On the palate that power surges over the tongue, coating the mouth in sweet, glossy, fat black fruit flavours. Fleshy, dense and chewy with sweet, ripe tannins gripping and drying the mouth, there is also a shot of acidity freshening the finish. This is a nicely balanced example of the turbo-charged Shiraz style that is uniquely Australian. 15% alcohol is carried well and there is plenty of savoury bite to counter all that ripe fruit. Very good indeed. From Berry Brothers and Rudd, 19.95. (10/01)