Leeuwin Estate 1999 "Art Series" Margaret River Shiraz ($28.99)
Very dark reddish-purple in color, this Western Australian Shiraz breathes fresh, plummy black-fruit aromas accented with fragrant pepper and spice. Good balanced fruit and acidity plus soft tannins and a whisper of oak make for a subtle, complex and refined wine, one that might pass as a "ringer" in a tasting of Northern Rhone reds. These are not terms that you usually hear as a description for Australian Shiraz, but I like it very much. US Importer: Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, Calif. (Sep 14, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Lamb burgers loaded with fresh ginger and garlic made a first-rate match.

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