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Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz
The shiraz vineyard at Balhannah was planted in 2005 and sits at 380 metres asl. It grows outstanding grapes. It has whole bunch, pepper, meat and mescaline characters splashed all over it. If that’s your thing, rejoice. If not, steer clear. In that style-context this is a terrific wine, full of flare and fruit, threaded intricately with tannin, lengthy, characterful and sophisticated. Hazelnuts and chocolate soaked into black cherry, blueberry and plum. Top shelf quality. 95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Significantly riper than the previous vintage, this shows its affection more forcefully through a broader mid-palate, with an intense wrestle of blackberry and blueberry competing to win the upper hand. Firmer on the finish with sharp pepper seasoning the fruit sweetness. An intriguing different Shiraz from a superior site. David Sly, Decanter
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