O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2004 (review)

87 points

Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, South Australia. 14.5%

The back label says that Clare produces shiraz that tastes of black olives and finishes with black tannin, so they blended in some soft and supple McLaren Vale fruit to give plummy flesh. I’m not disputing any of this, though in this case I think the Clare fruit was more black olive than usual. So they did the right thing.

This is a fruit rather than oak wine. Marred by some high octane (alcohol) flavours. Modern and pristine but with some hard added acid flavours.

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