The 3rd vintage of the Dead Letter Office Shiraz is deep crimson red colour.
Juicy rich aromas immediately strike the nose with a wide spectrum of
fruits including raspberries, cherry and plum intermingle with milk chocolate,
vanilla bean and roasted coffee. Evidence of the multi-regional blend can be
seen with the fresh minty flavours of Padthaway and the chocolate tones
of McLaren Vale.
The layers of creamy tannins form the foundation of this wonderfully opulent,
fleshy and fruit driven wine. The palate is succulent with subtle, spicy integrated
oak and traces of black pepper.
| Wine Advocate 90 points (Dec 2010)
The Dead Letter Office Shiraz is usually a McLaren Vale dominate blend, though for the 2008 Dead Letter Office Shiraz fruit harvested after the heat-wave was not used and therefore the proportions are 62% Padthaway and 38% McLaren Vale. Very deep purple-black in color, it gives intense ripe plum, blackberry and kirsch aromas with some pencil shavings and chocolate plus whiffs of mint and undergrowth. Very concentrated and rich, this full-bodied Shiraz is well structured with crisp acid and medium-firm fine grained tannins. There?s still a suggestion of oak apparent in the long finish. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2016+.