Showing posts with label Shiraz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shiraz. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2013 Yangarra Estate Shiraz

A McLaren Vale Shiraz with wonderful restraint and balance. This wine was fermented with wild yeasts and included 20% whole bunches in the ferment.

Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, prune/plum,  and a bit of leather and pepper. Nice round palate with fine grainy tannins. Keeps you coming back for more, while definitely providing enough tannin and acidity to see it age for a few more years.

Excellent Shiraz for this price.

Price:      $25
Source:   CRU Bar and Cellar
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.yangarra.com

Monday, December 14, 2015

2012 Wolf Blass 'Grey Label' Shiraz

A mid level Shiraz from the Wolf Blass range, with fruit from McLaren Vale.

Dark, ripe shiraz aromas with moderate oak. Tastes of dark cherries and blackberry fruit. Tannins a touch grippy for my taste. Over all a fairly good Shiraz on the riper end of the spectrum.

Price:      $36
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.wolfblass.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2013 Margan Estate Shiraz

Margan ShirazAn entry level Shiraz sourced from winemaker Andrew Margan's Hunter valley vineyards.

Some reductive sulfur notes on first opening, which fell away on the second day of tasting. Some dark berry fruit, with spice and earthy notes. Decently structured tannins which stuck around on the palate for a decent amount of time. Not a bad Shiraz, will likely benefit from a bit more age.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    89
Website: www.margan.com.au

Monday, September 21, 2015

2014 Jauma 'The Message' Shiraz

Winemaker James Erksine has sourced fruit from McLaren Vale grower Fiona Wood to produce this Shiraz in a rather 'hands off' manner. Allowed to ferment with the wild yeasts found on the grapes themselves, this wine is left unfiltered and unfined with only a small amount of sulfur added.

Juicy red berry aromas are predominant, with support from a hint of earth. Light and dusty tannins are just right to make this wine interesting, yet very drinkable at a young age. A great wine for this price.

Price:      $25
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    September 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.jauma.com

Monday, August 24, 2015

2013 Collector 'Marked Tree Red' Shiraz

The 'Marked Tree Red' is winemaker Alex McKay's entry level Shiraz, with his top fruit going into his reserve Shiraz, but don't let the price tag fool you this is a seriously good climate Shiraz. Grown in the Canberra District, the wines are made in the Southern Tablelands of NSW about 40 km from Canberra.

A nice peppery nose with red berries, predominately cherry and some spice. Bright fine tannins are well integrated. An excellent wine with good length. Light yet surprisingly full bodied. I also had a chance to taste the reserve, although in smaller volume, and I suspect this is a winery to watch.

Price:      $26
Source:   Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    June 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.collectorwines.com.au/

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2013 Jamsheed 'Pyren' Syrah

Fruit from the Pyren Vineyard, in the Pyrenese Vally, Victoria underwent 100% whole bunch fermentation with wild yeast and a 40 day maceration, before spending 10 months in puncheons. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. A superb Syrah, showing how well suited this grape is to this region.

Pours a dark crimson color with heady aromas of rich red berries, dried herbs, and hints of wet stone. The large percentage of whole bunch really works here and is well balanced with the dark fruit. Fantastic length and tannin structure. Great development in the glass. I'm smitten.

Price:      RRP $58
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    96
Website:  http://www.jamsheed.com.au

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2008 Tahbilk Shiraz

Picked this up at Dan Murphy's as a cellar release. A pretty serious wine at a very fair price. I'll grab some more of this to share with my Shiraz loving mates.

Black fruit, spice, and maybe a hint of leather on the nose. Tannins have mellowed and come together nicely. Dark berry, plum, and anise flavors stick around on the palate for the right ammount of time. Improved a lot in the the decanter over a few hours, and the initial sulfur aromas left within minutes.

Was just what my steak was asking for. Drinking nice now, I wouldn't put this one away for any more time. Probably best to drink this with a big piece of red meat.

Price:      $23
Source:   Dan Murphy's 
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com

Monday, May 4, 2015

2011 Alpha Box & Dice 'Tarot' Grenache Shiraz Tempranillo

Made in Mclaren Vale using fruit sourced from the Barossa. There seems to be no shortage of interesting small wineries in this region lately. I was really impressed with how well this wine drank, and also with its price tag.

Fresh and lively nose showing dark cherries, plum, and spice. Grenache really shines through, and I suspect there was a large percentage of whole bunch fermentation (the producers website isn't big on wine making details). Very juicy with soft supple tannins make this a super easy drinking and enjoyable wine.

Price:      $17
Source:   The Cellar, Bangalow, NSW
Varietal:  Grenache (70%), Shiraz (20%), Tempranillo (10%)
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.alphaboxdice.com

2012 Skimstone Shiraz Cabernet

Skimstone produce estate grown wines in the Mudgee region of New South Whales. While they predominately make wines using Italian varietals they have also produced this Shiraz Cabernet.

Moderate aromas of red berries, chocolate, and anise. Acidity seems a little unchecked and tannins were a touch grippy, for my taste. Perhaps this wine just needs more time to settle down. Might be one for the cellar.

Price:      $30 RRP
Source:   VInoMofo
Varietal:  Shiraz, Cabernet
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    88
Website:  www.skimstone.com.au

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2013 Torbreck 'Cuvee Jeveniles' GSM

While Torbreck are better known for there big, bold, age worthy wines, it was this young drinking and playful GSM that caught my eye on a recent visit to their cellar door.

A beautiful perfumed nose that's both somewhat restrained and fruit forward, offering notes of cherries and blackberries alongside hints of five-spice. Soft juicy tannins make this enjoyably soft on the palate and a very food friendly wine.

Price:     $22
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Ochota Barrels Green Room Grenache Syrah

Ochota Barrels are producing some of my favorite wines in Australia at the moment. Winemaker Taras Ochota has previously worked at Murray Street Vineyards and Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, as well as Nepenthe in Adelaide Hills. In more recent years he has been working as a fly in wine maker in Italy, as well as making some beautiful and interesting Australian wines, such as this.

This wine is predominantly grenache at 88 percent, with the remainder of the wine being syrah. All fruit is sourced from old vines grown on dry loamy red clay, delivering great fruit intensity. There was a large percentage of whole bunch (grapes along with stems) used in this wine, which adds some interest and depth.

I get lots of bright red fruit cherry fruit and aromas that remind me more of a grenache heavy Rioja than any other Australian grenache I've had. Nice chalky tannins and great length. The thing that really stands out to me in this wine is the purity of the fruit. The low levels of oak allow you to really taste just how good the Grenache fruit really is.

I shared this at a friends Birthday and it was an absolute hit. A crowd pleaser, for sure.

Price:     $39
Source:  Craft Red Hill
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   95

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Battle of Bosworth 'Puritan' Shiraz

If you are looking for a Shiraz to cellar for a few years, this is probably not what you're after. However, if you are looking for a great juicy Shiraz to drink right away, you're in luck. This Shiraz has been produced without the addition of the usual preservative sulfur dioxide, hence the name puritan and has been made in a style for drinking in its youth.

Pours a very dark purple and smells of fresh berry fruit with some nice floral overtones. A very easy drinking wine, resulting from soft tannins, mild acidity and a big round palette. I definitely recommend giving this one a try, as it's unlike any other Shiraz I have tried so far. Excellent wine to take to a BBQ.

Price:     $20
Source:  Chalk & Cheese, West End
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.battleofbosworth.com.au/

Monday, September 15, 2014

2012 Fowles "Ladies who Shoot their Lunch" Shiraz

A very lively Shiraz, perfect for a barbecue with friends.  While the intentions with the "Ladies who Shoot their Lunch" series was to produce a range of  wines that would pair well with game meats, I suspect this Shiraz will be quite food friendly in general.

Fowles winery and vineyards are located in Strathbogie Ranges, a cool climate region in central Victoria residing on a granite range.  It is a family owned winery, lead by Matt Fowles with Victor Nash as the chief winemaker.

Opening with a spicy, peppery nose, this has a great round palate delivering juicy dark berry fruit and a nice touch of minerality.  I'll buy this again, and look forward to trying it with some game.

Price:     $35
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: https://www.fowleswine.com/

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2005 Penfolds St. Henri

 A fantastic wine to celebrate a special occasion.  Coming from a warm 2005 vintage this wine is very generous and drinking very well right now.  A great example of  the potential for Australian shiraz, this wine is a fantastic expression of top quality fruit, with delicate use of old oak.  

This wine developed and changed a lot over a couple of hours in the decanter.  Spicy plum nose with a hint of anise with more notes of stewed fruit developing over time.  Incredible length on the palate, with wonderfully integrated tannins. Truly one of the great Australian reds and drinking great right now.

Price:     $100
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   97
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/

Friday, September 12, 2014

2012 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Hailing from Canberra, Clonakilla is one of Australia's finest shiraz producers. As their entry level red, the Hilltops Shiraz offers excellent value for money and is a great example of a restrained cool climate Australian shiraz.

The nose shows a hint of stalk with notes of cherry and blackcurrant.  Very nice and refined, the perfect ripeness for my taste .  Nice length on the palate with some lively fine tannins.  At this price point I might not buy again, but would happily have a glass if it were on a wine list.

Price:     $30
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.clonakilla.com.au/

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet

Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet 2013I'm not entirely sure how this wine ended up on my wine rack, but I was pleased to find it, after a long day at work.  The Long Rail Gully vineyard resides in Murrumbateman, approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra and was first planted in 1998.

I was pleasantly suprised when I took s whiff of these to find a nicely balanced Cab/Shiraz blend with lots of black cherry and nice integration of oak.  Quite soft tannins and short lived on the palate.  Having tasted this over a couple of days I have the feeling this might not be a very long lived wine.  However, a pretty decent mid week quaffer and pleasant find for me.

 Price:     $20 (Unless you find it on your wine rack:)
Varietal: Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.longrailgully.com.au/

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carachelo 2011

I've decided to taste varietals or regions I haven't tried before this weekend. Was a good weekend to do so as two of Brisbane's best wine merchants, Craft Red Hill and Wine Experience,  had some really interesting and unusual wines on for tasting.  One that really caught my interest was a 2011 Carchelo from Jumila, Spain.

Nice fruity nose with notes of blueberries, anise and maybe tobacco.  Great soft tannins and generally a very juicy wine.  Nice light oak treatment makes this a very drinkable wine and allows for great expression of the fruit. I'll be testing this out over the next few weeks, but I'm betting this is a real crowd pleaser.

Price: $20
Varietal: Blend
Rating: 90
Tasted: June 2014

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2012 Rocland Estate Duck Duck Goose Shiraz ($15-20)

Seriously good value for money.

Great balanced oak character prevalent on the nose. Blackberries and chocolate are followed by nice soft tannins.

Sure to be a crowd pleaser. Could be dangerous to crack without company to help you out, as I can easily imagine finishing a bottle of this myself. I suspect this will be an easy pick for casual barbecues.