Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Value Shiraz Tasted 3/14

6. Earthworks Shiraz Barossa Valley (2011)

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This is quite intense on the nose with lovely aromas of violet, iris, black pepper and spicy black fruit that show attractive purity. Air does bring out the oak here, all cedary and cigar box toned and it detracts from the nose a bit for me but I can see many loving the spicy element it reinforces in the wine. Round, open and giving on the palate, this is verging towards fruit bomb territory but it pulls back just in time. While showing fine acid this seems a bit soft and possibly a bit sweet in the mouth with really attractive plum and spicy boysenberry fruit on the palate. Air helps this gain focus and adds lift to some of the aromatics of the nose, introducing floral and faintly meaty accents to the palate. The finish is firm, with nice cut and the acid really pops here, though not unattractively, helping to brighten a late return of blackberry, almost black currant flavor on the finale. 87pts
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