Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia

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Item No. 100193
  • RP90
  • WS90
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The third vintage of the Dead Letter Office Shiraz is deep crimson red color. Juicy rich aromas immediately strike the nose with a wide spectrum of fruits including raspberries, cherry and plum intermingle with milk chocolate, vanilla bean and roasted coffee. Evidence of the multi-regional blend can be seen with the fresh, minty flavors of Padthaway and the chocolate tones of McLaren Vale. The layers of creamy tannins form the foundation of this wonderfully opulent, fleshy and fruit driven wine. The palate is succulent with subtle, spicy integrated oak and traces of black pepper.

Critical Acclaim

"Dark and spicy, with lots of tarry, peppery character around a lithe core of black cherry and blackberry fruit, finishing smooth. Shiraz. Drink now through 2014."
90 Points

"Deep crimson-colored, it offers up notes of cedar, vanilla bean, pepper, earth notes, black cherry, and blueberry. Smooth-textured and easygoing on the palate, this seamless Shiraz can be enjoyed over the next six years."
90 Points

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Matthew Vokoun - Mountain View, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Deep, dark, rich red wine with an incredible aroma you notice as soon as you pour a glass. Great dark and spicy flavor.
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drosen12 - Dallas, TX (read all my reviews)

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(5/15/2011)
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Learn About Henry's Drive Map ItMap It

During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a certain Mr. Henry...

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Learn About South Australia

The majority of wines from Australia come from this state. Home to the red wine regions of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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