Bright deep ruby. Lots of blackberry fruits, some purple plum. Touch of perfumed pot pourri. Decent acidity. Elegant. Definitely a touch of St Joseph or Crozes about this. But maybe not such great value at UK prices, suspect pretty good at USA ones.
Good, not great CA Syrah. Admittedly, the wasn't blind and I have a slight bias against Randall, but the wine showed a touch of earthy, game, round dark fruit, a touch of bacon-like cooked meat and mild tannins. A fine wine for Tuesday.
Stars of the Melbourne Wine and Food Festival (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): A very herbaceous and intense nose, with leather and currants. The palette is chock full of dry tannin and backed with very ripe berries. Even though it has a few years on it now, is still really racy and the mouth feel is quite grippy, so some food would be a good idea. Ideally cured meats and some pickled vegetables.
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