Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2008

The difficult growing season of 2008 in South Australia seemed to show itself in this shiraz.  I have raved about this producer's shiraz before (for example, here are my thoughts on the 2006), but didn't feel that the 2008 was as good.  A fragrance of pepper and plums, but it had a more loose knit structure than I remember in previous vintages with an overt sweet fruity style.  Some length, but not pronounced, and easy drinking on the palate.  85 points (7/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: $38
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Pass this time
Adelaide Hills
June 3, 2011

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