2005 De Lisio "Catalyst" Shiraz-Grenache Mclaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1033803

92 POINTS from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Shiraz (82%) – Grenache (18%) spent 26 months in French oak, 30% new. A glass-coating opaque purple, it offers a brooding nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Lush on the palate, it has mouth-filling fruit, tons of spicy blue and black fruit flavors, enough structure to evolve for several years, and a long, fruit-filled finish." Drink it through 2020. (10/07) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Opaque ruby. Powerful blueberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by smoky bacon fat, graphite and dried violet; really showing its shiraz today. Rich, round and fleshy, with deep dark berry flavors, supple tannins and slow-mounting minerality. Finishes with good tangy grip and persistence, echoing the floral and graphite notes." (Jul/Aug 08)

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale