After trying the Jacob’s Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon I had to line up their Shiraz and make some comparisons. This Shiraz displays nicely in the glass with medium opacity, purple hues and a definite show of legs. The nose is somewhat muted even after a few big swirls. I finally coax blackberries and eucalyptus out of it. On the palate I get black fruits with a dose of greeness that is very prominent. There is a touch of cedar as the wine transitions to the mid palate. I sense very fine grained tannins approaching along with a dark cherry note. The black fruits continue on the finish but the tannins overwhelm them in the end. The wine has a strong acidity that I can sense on my teeth. The green notes I talked of earlier reappear on the finish. It’s almost like the fruit included some unripe clusters that have given this wine a certain sourness along with the over abundant acidity. 85 points from me and 2 stars for this $12 effort. Salut….
Dark blackish purple in the glass. An interesting nose of sweet dark plums, sasparilla, oak and ginger. On the palate I get very precise flavors of plum ganache, dark chocolate, violets and the beginnings of some very fine grained tannins. The mid palate shows a bitterness I can’t figure out. The tannins however really kick in. The finish is a really strange compilation of blueberry pie, oak, astringent tannins and that odd bitterness. It detracts from the full potential of this wine and makes it an 88 point wine IMHO. I paid $12 and give it 4 stars. I would like to re-taste in a few years, perhaps it will mellow out and gain some balance whilst losing the bitterness. Salut….
I drank the 2011 Parson’s Nose a while back, enjoying it so much that I saw this vintage and had to try it. It is inky black in the glass. It smells of coffee, anise and plums. It tastes of black berries, anise and espresso. The coffee flavors are really hitting me today. The wine has a great mouthfeel, very smooth, inviting and it hides the 14.5% alcohol very deftly. The mid palate has more berries, but now more on the blue side, with ever so slight tannins making an entrance. They build into the finish and leave me with a nice dryness on the gums, not too much. The whole package is really tasty, not over-extracted like so many Aussie Shiraz’s can be. I paid $18 for it but it looks to be on sale for under $14 online. Folks- this is a 91 point wine in my books and for that price, they may not have much left after I get done. 5 stars. Salut….
Indeed, a blend of Syrah and Gamay. Best known as the key ingredient in Beaujolais, the Gamay grape is lighter and more perfumed than most. It can be made in several styles from the easy drinking Nouveau to the cellar worthy Cru Beaujolais. I have fond memories of drinking it in the cafe’s of Paris and long to return- slightly chilled and always refreshing with a lunch of steak frites. When I saw the two varietals combined and from Australia no less I felt obliged to spend $10, my curiosity was immense.
Interesting nose of grape jelly with a touch of oak. Light and refreshing, like Gamay should be. Tart and tannic like a syrah can be. Very unique attack with some plum, purple skittles, and violets. Medium finish and a tannic exit. A must try just to see how the two grapes intertwine. 87 points. 3 stars. $10. 13.5% make it a tidy number for an al fresco lunch without being too heady. I will be buying more soon, as I feel this one might develop some interesting hints in the short term. Salut….
My friend brought this one to the table. I believe he paid $12 for it at the local mart. It was popped and poured first as I wanted a fresh palate to get a sense of what this Barossa Shiraz was all about. Blackberry jam and some spice box on the nose mingled with star anise as well. It made for an interesting intro. A slightly hollow entrance but good mid palate of black fruits, grapefruit (weird) and bramble. Mild tannins with hidden acidity make it easy to drink right now. The lack of much fruit on the front was detrimental to this wine’s score, but the grapefruit note was really bizarre and added a bitterness than I did not care for. The wine blew over slightly and gained some character after being open but I don’t think I would purchase it again, just not my style. Technically speaking I would give it 87 points and 3 stars. It may perform better with some food, perhaps a mixed grill, even veal parmesan. Salut….
I opened the Gigglepot from Mollydooker right after we finished the Blue Eyed Boy. It’s interesting to drink both $50 offerings in the same sitting and be able to compare the grape varietals. The Shiraz was to me more finite, focused and pure of fruit. The Cabernet based Gigglepot was more open, easier to drink and perhaps more appealing to the masses. Both are excellent wines and I enjoyed each for their merits. This one was equally dark in the glass, showing off a nose of plums, cherry and mint. I usually associate the minty note with Chilean Cabs and really enjoy it when I come across them. The palate had the same basic flavor profile I got but with some added black fruits. A certain spiciness that I cannot pinpoint was evident as were the fine grained tannins. The wine seemed to go on for ever on the palate and had a long finish. Balanced with nice acidity there is a healthy dose of alcohol that is neatly hidden, drinker beware! Drinking beautifully now, this wine has the structure to go long haul. I would guess a cellaring potential to 2022 at the least. I don’t have much experience with older vintages from this winery except for my Carnival Of Love tastings, where I did get to see a little bit of evolution in 4-5 year old vintages. I would imagine this particular bottle may gain some secondary flavors and complexity as it gets some cellar time. I am giving it 91 points and 4 stars. Salut….
Wow- talk about extraction, power, depth, complexity and a mouth full of blueberry. This is a huge wine, with some really great flavors intertwined with fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Just by pouring it I knew I was in for a treat. Nearly black in the glass with a huge nose of blueberry, vanilla and black cherry. The initial attack was uber long with sweet dark berries, mocha, plum and lavender hints. More fruits evolved as I swirled the wine, showing off cassis and oak. The long finish was impressive as was the way they managed to hide the whopping alcohol. This is a well made, very precise wine that is not for the faint of heart. Atypical in style it appeals to me for it’s purity of fruit and ease of drinking. The mouthfeel is impeccable. I always enjoy Mollydooker wines and this one is no exception. Priced at $50 it gets 92 points from me and 5 stars. Salut….
I must admit that I am in total disagreement with this wine’s rating. I bought it on sale with the high hopes that it’s 95 point badge was going to be right up my alley. I paid $25 or so dollars for it which would have made it a 5 star wine worthy of kings. Alas, it was not to be. Here is what the critics wrote…”Deep purple-crimson; the class of wine shines through from the first whiff to the long finish and aftertaste; multi-spice, licorice and black pepper are woven through the blackberry and plum fruit, fine-grained tannins in support.”
Here are my notes:Plums and dark cherry nose, lithe and thin with alcohol notes. Plums and spice with a touch of wood. That is all I could write, I was so underwhelmed that I did not bother to seek deeper into the glass. I may have opened a bad bottle, perhaps it is in a coma state. Either way, I have one more and will wait a while to see if this Western Australian Shiraz comes any where near its claimed score. For me 87 points and 2 stars. Salut….
I am tasting my way through the Clarendon Hills portfolio, and I’m loving it. This particular Syrah was nearly black in the glass. It opened with plums and blue berries on nose with some pencil lead hints. My first impression was powerful and juicy with delightful tannins. I noticed that the wine sports a 14.5% alcohol which is well hidden. Chocolate and figs on the mid palate added to the complexity of the blue fruits. The wine has a layered elegance and smoothness that is fabulous. I like the way this winery makes Syrah style wines, very nice and atypical. It later hit me that this wine is very plummy, probably explains the denseness and extraction. I noted ‘Tight tannins that are well integrated.’ I would give this wine a span of 2014-2025 with evolution hopefully coming through with some secondary flavors evolving. I got a good deal on this bottle but even at it’s SRP of $75 it is an excellent value for money if you have a big dinner planned, running at 93 points for me and 4 stars. Ps. I served it with well seasoned Flank steaks but this Aussie wine was made for a leg of lamb, just my opinion. Salut….
I was intrigued by this bottle having never seen the Friends series before from this producer. They had a Shiraz as well but I was not in the mood. It priced out at $15, what the heck.
Atypical of Cab for me it had a unique flavor profile. Black and blue fruits on the nose with a touch of cedar. On the palate dark fruits, bramble and some dust (in a good way). Sour cherries on the back end with gentle tannins and good acidity make this easy to drink. 3-5 years cellaring and a wide variety of foods make this a versatile wine. 88 points and 3 stars.