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Chalk Hill Sidetrack Shiraz Grenache 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Full-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale, S.A


Overview: Mask this wine with a paper bag, blindfold me, spin me in circles, give me a stick and make me hit a piñata then sit me down and give me a glass of this wine I would honestly pick it as being from the Rhone Valley in France. It has that vibrancy and youthful characters of the great value Rhone Valley reds which is a testament to good blending. The blending of these two varieties cause a nice overlap of the seriousness and spice of Shiraz and the lifted, strawberry characters of the Grenache and the product of this union is a fantastic food wine.


Tasting note: Typical Grenache nose of strawberry and crushed rosemary with hints of pepper. Plum, strawberry and cherry-cola dominate the palate initially but give way to nice spice characters of pepper and cinnamon.


Final Say: A bargain at $20 a bottle


Score: 17.5 out of 20

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