Layer Cake Shiraz 20 2008

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Wine Advocate Review Rated 90 This was not an easy vintage in Australia, but you would never know it from this wine. As one expects from any South Australian Shiraz, it has oodles of fruit, a big, thick, juicy mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and lots of creme de cassis, blackberry, peppery, and tar-like notes in a deep, full-bodied, lush style that should drink nicely for 3-4 years as well. Wine Tasting Notes Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark super ripe wild blackberry, touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb...complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves...

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  • 2008

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Layer Cake:
  Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult California label Hundred Acre. The idea for the wine stemmed from nostalgic memories of Woodbridge’s childhood eating his grandmother’s cake. The story goes that his grandfather would pour a small glass of wine and explain, “The vines live in layers of soil just like the layers in Gran... Read more
  Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult California label Hundred Acre. The idea for the wine stemmed from nostalgic memories of Woodbridge’s childhood eating his grandmother’s cake. The story goes that his grandfather would pour a small glass of wine and explain, “The vines live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.” Woodbridge saw that metaphor extending to life in general, everything with layers and complexity. Since Hundered Acre costs upwards of $350 in high demand, he decided to create an affordable wine (that was more in keeping with his grandfather’s sensibilities), with these layered elements of flavor and texture. The idea was to make an everyday wine of quality and not mass production.   The wines are sourced from around the world: Shiraz from South Australia, Malbec from Argentina, Primitivo from Puglia in Italy, Syrah from the Cote du Rhone in France and Cabernet from Napa Valley in California. These wines have themselves earned a large following, though are easily accessible from many retailers.  Read less

Member Reviews for Layer Cake Shiraz 20

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Snooth User: George Parkinson
220047883
4.00 5
07/28/2009

color-red/blue nose-coco, blue berry, boysenberry mouth-swwet plum, coffee finish - long buy it age it share it


Snooth User: rar8888
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3.00 5
02/13/2010

This was full bodies with pepper and spice on the nose and mid palate. Dark fruit and short finish. Not overly complex.


Snooth User: ApelsecS
1068350846
3.00 5
08/13/2014

Am I the only person here who feel that this wine is salty?!


Snooth User: winehound69
40885602
2.50 5
01/31/2011

Not a wine to have on its own! With no time to sit this wine was not one I would have without some food. It was very earthy and herbal and just plain tight. After about 2 hrs of being decanted it settled down and became drinkable. it did seem to pair well with a spicy sausage chicken flat bread pizza with an olive oil base rather than tomato sauce. I do have to say after reading some of the other reviews perhaps I will give it another shot but for now it was just OK

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  • Snooth User: AdamJefferson
    226143283
    3.00 5
    10/28/2009

    I just don't appreciate Shiraz the way I do some other wines. This one is full bodied and fruity, with lingering flavors of tasty sweet things like chocolate and jams. As a sipping wine it is just too much before a meal, but not necessarily during or after. I could see this being a hit in a big wide open glass beside a bowl of cream bisque of crawfish or lobster, seasoned with fresh basil and black pepper, floating croutons pan toasted in butter; grilled sausage bursting with cayenne, garlic and cumin (maybe a link of boudin); pulled pork slowly smoked in a crust of dried mustard, celery seed and sea salt, over just a few chips of shagbark hickory. This wine, at its price, has a place at the table.


    Snooth User: bosoxfan23
    479256192
    4.00 5
    12/31/2010

    Wonderful aroma - first taste of this wine was extremely pleasant - a hearty rush of red berries followed by a lingering earthy tannic finish - well-balanced - reaffirms my affinity for Australian Shiraz - highly recommended


    Snooth User: billevans
    76616714
    5.00 5
    02/11/2011

    Five glasses


    External Reviews for Layer Cake Shiraz 20

    External Review
    10/15/2009

    Dark, brimming with cocoa, fresh blueberry and spice; an abundance of black cherry, dried plum, freshly cut tobacco and coffee dominate the palate. Supple tannins prevail but are nicely integrated. It’s a very pure mouthful of Shiraz. Perfectly structured, zesty acidity carries the flavors over the entire palate penetrating each taste bud. The finish tends to linger for over a minute.


    External Review
    11/25/2009

    Layer Cake Shiraz 2008 750ML


    External Review
    09/17/2010

    Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bombcomplete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves



    Wine Advocate Review Rated 90 This was not an easy vintage in Australia, but you would never know it from this wine. As one expects from any South Australian Shiraz, it has oodles of fruit, a big, thick, juicy mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and lots of creme de cassis, blackberry, peppery, and tar-like notes in a deep, full-bodied, lush style that should drink nicely for 3-4 years as well. Wine Tasting Notes Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark super ripe wild blackberry, touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb...complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves...

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