Xanadu Next of Kin Shiraz 2011

Xanadu’s “Next of Kin” range is a lower price point offering from Xanadu.  This shiraz wine retails for around $18, as against around $29 for the “Xanadu Xanadu” offering.

I’ve enjoyed a number of Xanadu wines, although I didn’t really enjoy this one if I am to be perfectly honest.  Purple in colour, with a medium to pronounced intensity of expression, it has aromatics of ripe plums, plum skins, pepper, green peppercorns and a twist of eucalyptus.  Nothing wrong here.  The palate is dry, with high acid, short to medium length and high alcohol, and flavours of squashed blueberries and plum jam.  Here I felt the constituent parts of the palate a bit out of balance and a little hard going.  Simultaneously high acid and high alcohol seemed to overwhelm, pull and stretch at the fruit, making the fruit flavours feel a bit gaunt and the finish a bit warm.   Acceptable

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $18
Source: sample
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.xanaduwines.com
Tasted: 2013
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