Friday, August 7, 2009

**+ $$ McGuigan Esatate Shiraz, 2006, South Australia - Review and Rating

Review: This shiraz hails from grapes sourced from vineyards all around the South Australia area. The McGuigan's have been in the wine trade in Australia for the past four generations, since the late 1800's. I think I was fooled by the "McGuigan Estate" label, as these grapes seemed not to have been sourced from the winery's own vineyards, as is typically the case with "estate" wines.

Let's see what the McGuigan "estate" labeled shiraz has to offer. In the glass, it is medium deep red, though not tending at all darker in the middle. On the nose, it shows afruity, sweet cherry candy plus darkish oak. Seems to imply a lighter-bodied wine.

The palate is consistent with the suggestions of the nose, with 13.5% alcohol pushing the cherry/grape candy up into the gums and cheeks. Oak comes in a bit late in the game. I can only offer two stars, but I will add a plus because it's certainly friendly enough.

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