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2012 Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz

January 31, 2014 - Norman Bentley
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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

Norm

Norm’s Tasting Notes can also be accessed at his blog: http://normwine.blogspot.com/

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