Australia, Shaw & Smith, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2012

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Quite probably the best vintage of this wine to date from Shaw & Smith. Aromas of wet brick mortar, dark stones, pepper and mild spice, red plum and black cherry – a whirl of whole-bunch complexity. The palate has compressed tannins and a smooth, polished, textural build, gentle oak sweetness and a calm yet strong finish. Impeccably suave.
Price £21-£26 widely available via UK agent Liberty Wines
Drink 2017-2028
Alc 13.5%