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Tyrrell’s Vat 8 Shiraz 2007

Tyrrells Vat 8The 2007 Private Bin Reds order form landed in the mail today, which not only reminded me to write this up, but also sent a little twinge of guilt through me for not doing so sooner (and I’m feeling a little pinch for not getting round to writing up some other Shiraz too..namely the 2006 Shaw+Smith and De Bortoli Reserve etc..) So here it is, the Shiraz offering made in a more ‘modern’ style with some French (80%) and American (20%) barrique action and fruit coming off the Brokenback and Weinkeller vineyards.

It has darker fruit, chocolate, earth, spice and a little pepper on a medium bodied palate with fine tannins, fresh acidity and juicy dark berry fruit and licorice backed with a lick of mocha oak. It’s not heavy, and while perhaps it lacks the fruit intensity of some of its siblings from the same vintage (no doubt a hard act to follow), that’s not necessarily a bad thing as there is a gentle easy going charm to compensate. It’s a smooth, regional and handsome wine that should blossom with careful medium term cellaring.

Tasted : Jun08
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $34.50/46
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 - 2017+
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