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Staff Pick

Walsh & Sons "Felix" Syrah - 2016

Item # 38447 750mL
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Tasting Notes

An elegant Syrah reminiscent of the Rhône Valley. You'll find aromas of smoke, meat, olive and musk that carry to the palate along with powerful red fruit. An exciting find from Australia that will make your next meal of lamb or BBQ something special.


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Staff Pick Notes

It feels like 99% of growers putting Syrah on the label outside of the Northern Rhône will talk up their wine as a cool-climate, elegant style that expresses the earthy, savory side of the variety over the usual New World fruit bombs, and they are lying through their teeth. So when I find someone who is able to bring out the grape's incredible aromas of smoked and cured meats, violets, salt, and black pepper in the last place I'd ever think to look, Australia, I sit up. I take notice. And I want to sing this wine's praises from the rooftops. From sandy clay soils east of Margaret River, this is a version with body to it, and it sits balanced with excellent structure and layered complexity. It's not lacking in freshness, and will pair with classics like cassoulet or ribs braised in wine, but also Morroccan lamb or peppery french fries.

- JON

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