WINE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

GRANT BURGE 2010 SHI­RAZ $ 19

Barossa Val­ley, SA

14.0 per cent www.grant­burgewines.com. au Deep crim­son with a nose and smooth, mid- weight palate of ripe plum and black­ber­ries sup­ported by sub­tle vanil­lan oak in an en­joy­able and un­de­mand­ing, easy­drink­ing style.

CAPE MEN­TELLE 2011 SHI­RAZ $ 40

Mar­garet River, WA

13.5 per cent www.cape­mentelle.com.au A lighter- coloured and more el­e­gant, savoury style than the Burge with pep­pery, smoky notes, dark- cherry fruit and dried herb flavours clos­ing out with fine, savoury tan­nins.

OAK­VALE 2011 LIMITED RE­LEASE RE­SERVE SHI­RAZ $ 70

Hunter Val­ley, NSW

13.4 per cent www.oak­valewines.com.au Ini­tial sweet, al­most con­fec­tionary fruit gives way to a drier, earthy mid- palate savouri­ness be­fore the fruiti­ness of a rasp­berry ju­jube- like fin­ish. Needs food and time.

HE­WIT­SON THE MAD HAT­TER 2010 SHI­RAZ $ 70

McLaren Vale, SA

14.5 per cent www.he­wit­son.com.au Big nose, big maraschino cherry and dark choco­late flavours on a bal­anced and vel­vety, medium- to- full- bod­ied palate fin­ish­ing long, firm and pleas­ingly dry.

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