Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine 2004, 86 points

2004 Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine

(Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley)

Good dark color and a nice dirty nose.  However it stops there.  This wine was a best seller at Total Wine so I thought I would bring it to you.  The color was a little pinker than a high end shiraz but it was still deep in color.  the nose was enjoyable with sour cherries, green pepper and it had hints of Windex cleaner on it.  The palate was bright an dancing on the start.  Too bright for a good shiraz.  The tannins were light and the fruit was stronger but the fruit comes through as a little fake and artificial.  This wine was loaded with tingly minerals on the sides of the tongue. Strong blackberries, and cigar tobacco on the start.  The mid palate is not bad and lingers a little which rolls into a finish that still has some of the fruit on it and very little bitterness.  Overall this wine is just ok.  Probably really good for 20 bucks and at that price is worth a try.  But for a high end wine connoisseur you might not like because it does not have the characteristics of a well put together quality wine.

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