2006 Dead Letter Office Shiraz: Jammy, simple, better in 2005.

jan. 22, 2010: victoria bought this australian at varsity liquors. they have the henry's drive cabernet sauvignon there, and she tried to get a case of the 2005 henry's drive dead letter office shiraz. it just couldn't happen, unfortunately, but they did purchase a case of the 2006, which we had never had. so the next day -- these case orders come in quickly -- she bought a bottle of the 2006.

on friday, we finally opened it to pair with homemade beef stew (which greg made deliciously, as usual) and some manchego cheese. greg really liked it. he said it was jammy, with a fruity nose, and a hint of cherry to the flavor. the texture was smooth. he highly recommends this wine. "i'd give it to st. patrick if i knew him," he laughed. victoria thinks it wasn't as jammy as the 2005, but it had a blackberry nose, with no tar scent like the rockbare (also from mclaren vale) had. (in fact, this shiraz is comprised of 67 percent grapes from mclaren vale and 33 percent grapes from padthaway.) the texture was slightly tannic. she said the flavor leaned toward fruity, but it was also somewhat bland. she decided to purchase two more bottles so we could put them in alan's cellar for a while. 15 percent alcohol. $31.67 at varsity liquors.
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