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A. Retief Shiraz Sangiovese Malbec

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Alluring is the best way to describe the wines from Alex Retief - they just make you want to take sip after sip. This unusual blend is savoury and restrained with some sour cherry fruit lifted by some plum and spice finishing with structure and finesse. The thinking person's wine - I like it a hell of a lot.

Winemaker's Notes

A slightly strange blend, yes, but one that works surprisingly well. After setting out to make a Shiraz / Sangiovese blend, I felt that there was a lot of body lacking due to the unusually high acid levels in the Sangiovese. With a bit of trial and error during blending, I found the addition of Malbec and Cabernet to be the answer, giving the wine the depth of flavor it needed without taking away from the elegance.

The wine has a nose of rhubarb and raspberries and the palate is perfumed yet slightly spicy. Some great silky tannins, from 18 months in 2–3 year old French barrique, balance the wine perfectly.

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2011

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