Yabby Lake Vineyards – 2008 Cooralook Shiraz

This wine is everything you would hope for from an intense Australian Shiraz.  It’s deep, rich, dark garnet hue is the first sign of the lushness to come.  The aromas of warm blackberry and dark cherry are lovely, and combine with a light smokiness and spice that beg you to taste your first sip.  The flavors are indeed full, well-developed and complex.  The tannins are very well-balanced, with a slight alcohol heat, but yet the fruit is still evident.  Round and full-bodied, this wine was everything I hoped it would be.  The finish was long, with the spice most notable.  I would be happy to enjoy this wine again, especially as I did this time – with intense cheeses, roasted garlic bread and a spicy dipping oil.

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