Serious Syrah

d’Arenberg McLaren Vale The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005
In the nose there is vibrant fruit enhanced by earth and complementary oak. There’s a mouthful of dense fruit as well to keep up with a big structure in this youthful Shiraz – deliciously chewy. Aged in new and one use French and US oak for 22 months. Grown, produced and bottled in McLaren Vale 14.5% $51.69 at Bottle Barn d’Arenberg

Rockford Barossa Valley Basket Press Shiraz 2002
Smells of sweet raisined fruit intertwine with a little eucalyptus. The mouth is quite supple with ripe tannins and the taste of chocolate and cherries – luscious. P&B in Tanunda 15.5% $64.99 at K&L

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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