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Keys Review of Wine - Review by Tony Keys

Inkwell ‘Black and Blue’ Late Harvest McLaren Vale Fortified Zinfandel 2012: A wine to temp the Sally Army to take to drink, a wonderful dark temptress whose arms I was happy to fall into 96 points and $35 for a 375 ml bottle is pricy but this is worth it.

The Winefront - review by Gary Walsh

I’m no expert on fortified wines, but I’ll have a go. Dudders tells me it’s my job to work these things out. Such a cute bottle too: you almost want to cuddle it.

Spice, plum duff, the rancio character of old wood, prune, sweet rolling tobacco, stout – all manner of things really. Full bodied, and what else could it possibly be!  
Has a slick glycerol feel tuned up with a clip of tannin. Tastes of dried cherry and dark boiled fruitcake, almond paste and a liberal amount of spice. Warm glow and good spread of tannin on the finish. It’s an intriguing and characterful wine. Recommended.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Dec14
Alcohol : 21.5%
Price : $35 (375ml)
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2014 - 2022+

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The  Vinsomniac - Review By Stuart Robinson

Beautiful bottle here (alas no image), like a large...inkwell.

Black and blue. Smells as its name suggests. Of Muscatels, rum and raisin, spice; black and blue fruit -  a little of that rancio, caramel aroma.

Thick, black, layered, delicious depth  - molasses and licorice. Then, of cherry, spice and fruitcake. Whilst it may have been 30+ degrees over Christmas here in Brisbane, this was a more than adequate substitute for a Christmas pudding for me.

Has the spirited burn - sweet, candied fruit, again fruitcake, plum pudding, sticky pudding depth and hedonistic pleasure. Mr Brown, you've done it again. 93

Tasted on: Saturday 27th December, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 21.5%
Closure: Diam

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