Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2004

90 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%

Dark fruited shiraz. This has a lot of substance, needs another 10 years.

A pity about the obvious added acidity. Best consumed in the company of other Penfolds reds where the style will be less noticeable.

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Turkey Flat Shiraz 2002

90 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%

from the great 2002 vintage where it was said that even a drover’s dog could make decent wine. That said, later in bottle some signs of incomplete ripeness have shown and there is a vegetal seam here not usually seen on Turkey Flat.

Also some interesting aged character, old leather even. Has classic Barossa creaminess but more savoury and complex than most.

Awful tiny cork.

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Alpha Estate 2007

89 points

Florina, Greece. 14%

Syrah 60%, Xinomavro 20%, Merlot 20%.

The best Greek wine I think I have ever tasted. Still youthful. Fresher more herbal than most wines from the South of France. Excellent balance. Just marred by a touch of raisin.

That said, Next to it Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006 just sang. Richer deeper yet without any raisin.

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