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2005 The 1885 Shi­raz I KNOW it’s not in­ex­pen­sive, and Eight Songs and the like will sat­isfy the most de­mand­ing palates, but at least share a bot­tle of 2005 The 1885 Shi­raz (96 points, $55) with those who love high-flavoured but not hot and jammy Barossa shi­raz. It comes from a vine­yard tended by six gen­er­a­tions of the Schrapel fam­ily since it was planted in 1885. It has im­pec­ca­ble bal­ance, length and fo­cus, redo­lent of black­berry, plum, mint and spice, oak a mere ad­junct. The tex­ture and struc­ture are equally im­pres­sive, giv­ing the wine a gold­plated chance to breeze past 2030.­ter­lehman­ James Halliday

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