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The inaugural vintage was ’92, serving this cuvee up as the younger sibling of the Armagh. Alas, time has seen to it that it has found its own very different skin. Less barrel ferment influence. Less smokiness. Molten raspberry bonbon, iodine, licorice and briar. Good energy. Impressive length. Some reductive chains, needs time to unravel. ~ 94pts, James Halliday
Deep garnet purple in color, the 2013 The McRae Wood Shiraz has a profound nose with black plums, berries and cherries, alongside spice box, violets, cedar and toast. Full, rich and chewy, though with slightly astringent tannins, the oak is poking out a bit and this wine needs some time.~91+ WA
Opaque ruby. Dark berries, cherry cola, vanilla and a hint of licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. Broad and fleshy on entry, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that become firmer with aeration. Picks up a spicy quality with air and finishes very long, sweet and smooth; harmonious tannins add shape and gentle grip. ~91 VM
Perfumed red and black fruit flavors have a licorice edge, with toast and dark chocolate details and plush, toothsome tannins. Drink now through 2030. 300 cases imported. ~91 WS
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