2005 Piombo "Valletta" Grenache-Shiraz McLaren Vale (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1049515

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Valletta is opaque purple-colored with a fragrant nose of toast, smoke, plum, and blueberry bordering on raisins. Thick and rich, this is a voluptuous, nearly over the top effort. Full-bodied, with well integrated tannins and a very long finish, this wine can be drunk now but it would be fascinating to see what becomes of it with 8-10 years in the cellar. At its asking price, it might be a prudent investment to lay away a few bottles. This is not a wine for delicate, European-trained palates. The proprietor, Modestino Piombo, passed away in March, 2007 and the work is being carried on by his winemaker Paul Petanga. This is my first experience with these unique and impressive wines." (10/07) Piombo is a small family owned and run winery in McLaren Vale that brings its Italian winemaking heritage to create a perfect marriage with the rich yet balanced fruit of McLaren Vale. Made from 70% Grenache and 30% Shiraz, the aromas are filled with smoky black raspberry, blueberry, earth and spice. On the palate, the wine is rich, concentrated and juicy with fine acidity and polished tannins. All framed with a dusting of cocoa powder and provinding great length. (Jim Chanteloup, Australian Wine Buyer)

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McLaren Vale