In keeping with the behemoth style of this unique wine, the 2007 Duck Muck Shiraz is a beast. This style was first forged by accident when David happened one year to use some Cabernet pressings to top up a barrel of Shiraz. Expecting to give the results away, he soon realized he was onto a winner. This vintage weighs in at a comparatively modest 16.5% alcohol (David assured me this was accurate). It has a very deep garnet-purple color and incredibly intense aromas of blueberry pie, mocha, layers of spices and, to a lesser extent, notes of prunes, mint, balsamic, and anise. The palate is very concentrated and crisp, with medium to firm, finely grained tannins that seem more Cabernet in texture than Shiraz. Very big and very beautiful?but you have to love this style to appreciate it. It's actually approachable now and should develop nicely over the next 5 to 7 years, keeping well into 2020+, though this style's drinking window can be somewhat unpredictable.
Source: Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) June 2010 by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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