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La Violetta La Ciornia Shiraz 2010

A pun on Cornas, slang for a beautiful woman, and a song that has Russian origins about deep, dark things. Many things to many people. Winemaker Andrew Hoadley spent a whack of time in Piedmont and said to me some time ago that this wine was partly inspired by Piedmont and wines of the region. Shiraz meets Italy, in a way.

Ripe, cassis and choc-berry aromas with a waft of bouquet garni herbs. Bay leaf pokes out. In the palate, an unusual and seductive textural experience, deep yet succulent, trimmed with dusty, pencil shaving oak and finishin with a lick of washy acidity. It feels restrained now, like it wants to flesh out but has been set to a lower volume at this stage – and good for this too. Herbal notes clip through the palate too. Unique and fascinating to drink, and great cutting through richer foods too. Intriguing. More serious than Up!.

Tasted : Jul-13
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $75
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013 - 2023
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