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Ironstone Vineyards (Australia) Grenache/Shiraz 1996
This wine comes from the team responsible for the famous Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. Colour is medium dense and bright ruby red. The nose is like a sweet cherry pie, with underpinning notes of bramble fruit and black pepper. On the palate a lush, rich mouthful of chewy fruit. There are notes of cinammon spice. Tannins are quite firm and suggest good ageing potential, and though the acid is a little prominent, there is good balance and a fine, long, creamy and spicy finish. A whopping 14.5 alcohol by volume, it is heady and delicious stuff. Majestic, 6.49 (02/99)