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2005 Tintara Shiraz


McLaren Vale, South Australia / $14-$16 Retail

Australian wine pioneer Thomas Hardy founded Tintara Winery in 1876 in the heart of the McLaren Vale region south of Adelaide. A cuvée of 100 percent Shiraz from the 70-year-old vineyards, the wine is aged 15 months in new French and American oak. Medium-bodied, it demonstrates a desirable balance between fruit and tannins. Flavors of jammy currants, cherries, plums and dark chocolate cascade into a seductively spicy, savory climax. Decant before serving. Drink now or over the next six years. Buy it at: Swirl Wines, Rouses in Uptown and Cork and Bottle. Drink it at: Emeril's, Orleans Grapevine and Houston's.(Store listings current at press time.) — Brenda Maitland


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