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2009 McWilliams Hanwood Estate South Eastern Australia Shiraz 13.5% $10

This has a slightly exotic nose, more wild red berry fruited than most Shiraz, with a gamy edge and fresh herbal spice notes adding detail. This is really lovely to smell, showing flashes of olive and meat along with the fruit, which gains a darker profile with air. This is rather lighter bodied on the palate than many Shiraz with a feel and balance that’s more akin to a Bordeaux blend. It is tight and structured, if not overly tannic. Fresh red berries and a touch of blue fruit are wrapped in soft wood spice with flourishes of herbs, adding zip. The oak becomes apparent on the finish, with some sweet cocoa and cedar notes adding detail to a moderately long raspberry finale. This won’t knock you out with power, but it may very well seduce you. 89 pts

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