All of the awards this wine has received were granted in 2004 and 2005. Shingleback usually produces good quality Shiraz; unfortunately, the 2003 vintage was horrid. I think it was because of the combination of (1) lack of rainfall that produced small, flavorless berries and (2) how the wine was stored in the questionable liquor store where I made the purchase. The heat was overwhelming and the sun was shining on the bottles. This observation didn't cross my mind until I finally tasted the wine and wondered why I had to pour it down the drain after one glass. It had a very strong flavor of acidic espresso, wet oak and stone, black pepper, dark overripe cherry and blackberry, and loads of tannins that you would think have settled down by now.
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