Razor's Edge Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
The Razor's Edge Shiraz is dark purple in color, yet bright and appealing in its clarity of fruit flavors, persisting on the finish against firm tannins.
"A terrific value if you like the style, this is an impressively concentrated, slightly syrupy Shiraz imbued with potent cassis fruit and framed with vanilla oak. Surprisingly long on the finish. Drink now. Best Buy."
Under $14 for a 90 point wine? And a screwcap? And it has a title very close to an 80s movie classic staring Crispin Glover with Slayer dominating the soundtrack? Yeah, I was sold before I even drank it. The critical acclaims says, slightly syrupy Shiraz imbued with potent cassis fruit, but I think it was more peppery than fruity. It went great with salmon. If you're looking for fruity, toss a few blueberries in to bring out the fruity notes. De-lish.
Earthy & Spicy
Nice and spicy, paired very nicely with pasta and tomato-based sauce.
Big & Bold
Full bodied with wonderful red fruit after 2 hours of air.
Smooth & Supple
Tastes good, but so much sediment it was difficult to drink.
Deep purple color, nice fruit, peppery finish - a real winner at this price...
Smooth & Supple
This is a good table wine - smooth, decently structured and cheap - but not a wine I come back to again and again.
I am a fan of Aussie shiraz. I am not a fan of this shiraz. Hard, dense top dominates, off flavors in a body that is itself unpleasant. Lacking in balance and, generally, any appeal to the palate. Enough sediment to choke on.
I would not dump it but I also would not buy this again. Stay away! Spend the 4$ more and get the Nine Stones from Evans Wine Company.
Learn About Razor's Edge
Razor's Edge was launched with a 2004 vintage Shiraz from the McLaren Vale in South Australia. Priced to retail between $10 and $15, it brought an unparalleled pedigree and value to the American marketplace. This wine went on to receive numerous trade and press recognitions, most notably being labeled a Best Value Wine by Wine Spectator and as one of the Best Buys from Australia by...
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Learn About McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...
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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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