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Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2012 Wine Review

Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2012

Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2012

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $18.95

Drink: 2015-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Small Gully

Agent: Kylix Wines

Natalie's Score: 90/100

This robust Barossa Shiraz reads well on the palate and finish. A narrative of rich and layered nuances of blackberry, mint and black plum aromas. Smooth, with polished tannins and a long finish. Terrific mouth-watering juiciness. Pair this big red with roast beef or a literary bio-pic film.

Shiraz food pairings: pork, pasta in meat sauce, steak, lamb cutlets, beef brisket, peppercorn steak.

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This Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2012 was reviewed on December 12, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Fragrant nose of strawberry, vanilla and cedar followed by a palate giving ripe cherry, strawberry, cassis and vanilla. Good acidity and long berry finish. Pick up a copy of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, pour yourself a glass and settle down for a relaxed evening.
Tasted December 2015
Wineboy rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

After taking a year "off", this wine is back !! In fact I think it might be the best Little Book Shiraz yet. Ripe berries show fruit dominates this wine, and soft structure like Australian wines all were some years ago. Low acid, no tannins.
Back label reads: They say don't judge a book by its cover so open a bottle of Mr. Black's Little Book and pour over his formulae, mixtures and little secrets. Concentrated and dense with black fruit, black pepper and a long finish. - Community Wine Reviews

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