2003 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Hickinbotham (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)

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Australia, Fleurieu, South Australia, Syrah

Popped and poured. Dark inky purple color. Smells of blackberry, tar, and licorice. Surprisingly acidic on the palate, but it’s balanced well with supple dark fruit (not a trace of blueberry though for me). Does not come across as overblown at all. Certainly a much more finesse-oriented effort than I thought. Very good, but certainly not mind blowing. Will follow over the next 24 hours to determine the improvement/evolution. Should be interesting as I think this is a pretty good food wine.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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