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2012 Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz

January 31, 2014 - Norman Bentley

Shiraz from Down Under, and some parts of South America, have become solid favorites, and production of this wine is growing in the United States as well. Shiraz is a cousin to Syrah, with maybe just a bigger taste of the fruit, depending on where it hales from. Hardy's has been a leader in the production of Shiraz from Australia for many long years, and this latest vintage is a good example of this wonderful wine, which is so pleasing to a multitude of palates.

When I think of Shiraz, I think of blackberries, cherries and currants, and this one certainly has those flavors. It definitely has a lot of blackberry, with an undercurrent of currant. Sorry, I could not help myself on that one. The nose is explosive, and the flavors sail right on through into a big fruit finish, with just a touch of pepper and spice. The alcohol content is a pleasant 13.5%.

This Hardy's Shiraz is great with pasta and most grilled meats, and would make a good companion for either prime rib, or rack of lamb. Norm's score is 90.

Score: 90

Price: $12-$16


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