Byron and Harold The Protocol Shiraz 2020

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Shiraz may take second place to Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes it the pantheon of Margaret River reds, but this suggest that it deserves better. Delicious stuff. Fermentation included a high percentage of whole berries with twice daily pumping over before transfer to barrel for malo and then maturation. Maroon/purple, there are notes of black cherries, raspberries, coffee beans, spices, mocha and licorice – perhaps more in the red fruit spectrum than the dark with some warm earth tones underneath. With juicy acidity and soft tannins, this is a wine which lingers beautifully and is a very fine example of what Shiraz can achieve in Margaret River. It should drink well for at least the next six years.

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