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2012 Hope Estate Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Basalt Block"

Winery: Hope Estate

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Basalt Block"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Region: Hunter Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $15

Cases produced: 10,000

KWG Score: 89 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: August 2, 2015

Wine Review: This opaque and midnight blue colored Shiraz opens with a blueberry bouquet with hints of boysenberry and beef jersey. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a blend of blackberry and black licorice with hints of minerality, oak and tangerine. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins stick around for a little while. I would pair this Shiraz with marinated steak tips. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Pepper and spice, with some blackberry undertones and cedary oak. A smooth, juicy palate of intense berry fruits, spicy plums, and an underlying earthy savoriness. Balanced acidity along with integrated vanillin oak and soft silky tannins give the wine great mouth-feel and length.

Organic status: not organic

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