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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - FOOD DETECTIVE -

THIS shi­raz (96 points, $38) has a spot­lessly clean bou­quet, a palate awash with lively, spicy flavours and a won­der­ful fin­ish and af­ter­taste. It is more el­e­gant than the stan­dard 06 Grampians Shi­raz (95 points, $20), al­beit with less power, a trade-off I’ll take any day. The Grampians is lus­ciously dense and rich, with a vel­vet cascade of black-fruit flavours sup­ported by a fine net of ripe tan­nins and well-han­dled oak. Both wines are screw­capped and will coast through to 2026. Also avail­able are a few re­main­ing cases of the ’ 05 Grampians Shi­raz (91 points, $20), with black­berry, plum and choco­late fruit in a medium-bod­ied palate tied to­gether with ripe tan­nins. More: www.thes­tory.com.au; www.ran­dalls.net.au or www.boc­cac­cio.com.au. James Halliday

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