Delicato Shiraz 2002
"...impressive Aussie-style Shiraz...the palate boasts rich flavors of cherries, black raspberries, blueberries and plums. Feels succulent, with a smooth texture and a long, sweetish finish, but its perfectly dry. At this price, you can't go wrong."
This 2002 Delicato Shiraz has a dense purple hue that coats the glass with its intensity and richness. The aroma unfolds with blueberries and plums and finishes with nuances of oak. This is a full-bodied wine with amazing depth and complexity revealed in layers from blueberry to blackberry and leather to earth. The tannins are soft and rounded and dissolve into a lingering plum and spice finish. This wine is ready to drink now, but will continue to evolve and mature in the bottle over the next two years. Enjoy it with grilled meats, slightly spicy foods and salads with rich, ripe cheeses.
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