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Fetish The Watcher 2005 Barossa Valley

This is one of those typical Aussie Shirazes that is getting more and more of my wine dollar. I paid $15 for this wine at The Wine Library. What I got for my money is an extremely well-made wine, tasting of dark fruits and hints of something spicy. There is ample structure, so I am going to hold on to a few bottles (if I can) to see how it ages. Once again, great weather that allows full development of the fruit beats centuries of practice at making wine from unripe grapes (France, if you weren't sure). Just in case you weren't sure that this is a keeper; the bottle and label are gorgeous, so if you don't want to drink it, you can give it as a gift (to me). And I won't even mention the name.

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