Eating Spoonfuls of Pepper

I’m still on a Syrah kick. I love it.  So I pulled one of the last bottles from the half case of Cameron Hughes wine I won at the Wine Blogger Conference to attempt to satisfy the craving.  I picked the 2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 77 Barossa Shiraz.  It had a diam closure and clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume.

Nope. Too spicy for me. It felt like I was sniffing my pepper grinder.  Once I got past that I noted some chocolate, campfire smoke, more pepper, and something earthy and herbal.  But it was really dominated and overwhelmed by the pepper.  In the mouth I found the wine to be tannic and peppery.  I found a bit of fruit juice with some herbs on the edges, but I just couldn’t get past the pepper.  So if peppery wines are your thing, this is perfect….but they aren’t mine (at least not to this extent) so this one is NMS.