My WSET tasting group was tasked with presenting notes on this Aussie Riesling. It was pale lemon in the glass and we found the nose to have medium (+) intensity aromas of lemon, lime, mandarin, grapefruit, blossom, wet stones and that tell-tale petrol note. The wine is considered youthful at this stage. The palate was off-dry with medium (+) acidity, low alcohol (9.5% ABV), medium (-) body with medium intensity flavors of the above aromas. We thought it fell off a bit on the palate versus the nose. Ending with a medium finish we thought this $18 effort was of very good quality and could be drunk now with suitability to age as well. If you like an off-dry Riesling that has already developed petrol notes (which I do), then this is for you. Members of the class questioned a food pairing and one lady said Thai food- I concur. 91 points and 5 stars. Salut….
Ahh you little beauty. Back in the day I used to drink gallons of this stuff and wrote about the 2015 McRae Wood I recently tasted. This one, being a year older is still opaque ruby in the glass. The nose is quite pronounced with gorgeous aromas of sweet blackberry, black plum, vanilla laced blueberry pie, baking spice, red licorice and orange peel. The palate is as hoped for- dry with great acidity, smooth tannins, full body and a long finish. Pronounced flavors of the above mentioned primary fruit, secondary nuance from oak and perhaps a dash of tertiary influence from leather notes. I feel like I am missing out on the traditional jammyness usually found in Aussie Shiraz but I don’t miss it. This wine is chock full of complex flavors and I am enjoying the melding of said flavors with the structural components. 93 points from me for this $45 wine will get it 5 stars. Drink till 2030 with steaks, lamb chops or a hearty stew like short ribs. Salut….
Inky AF and fully opaque, a very rich purple in the glass with thick legs belying the 14.2% kick. Rich, layered notes of red currants, very ripe cherry, cigar box, blueberry ganache and blackberry. The palate is full bodied, showing medium tannins and juicy acidity. The red and blue fruit flavors are complemented by the cedar and I also get some menthol. There is a hint of Brazilian roasted coffee bean to boot. There is another, indescribable note I’m having a tough time pinpointing that I’m enamored with. The tannic structure is very good, integrated yet still fresh it coats my gums but is not too dry. The finish is of good length with a nice mouthfeel. This is a really delicious wine that gets 92 points from me. Serve it with lamb, game meat or juicy ribeyes. It has the flavors and backbone to pair with rich dishes. $30 is a decent price for such a blockbuster that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Shiraz is typically dark and brooding and this one is no exception, really rich purple and 75% opaque in the glass.
The label states a 15.3% alcohol so buyer beware. The nose has that jammy raspberry/cherry twizzler profile which I’m not a huge fan of- I hope the palate is a little bit more in my style. So, turns out this is quite a rich and reduced raspberry offering with toasty oak and red currants on the initial palate. As I drink this wine I’m starting to really enjoy it- the candy element long gone. The mid palate has juicy red fruits with a modicum of tannic dryness. The finish is relatively straightforward with good fruit, gentle acidity and a touch of tannin. There’s a nice mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink. Overall this is an 88 point wine that should be drunk by 2027. Ps. I did not get a hint of the alcohol, well disguised! For $19 it gets 3 stars from me. Pair with Lasagna, grilled sirloin or even roast duck. Salut….
This is an interesting blend out of Oz, it’s more Spanish in composition but here goes! Semi opaque and light purple in the glass. The nose is red in nature… currants, raspberry and orange peel. On the palate it’s a racy wine, if not a touch thin. Sour cherry, red currants and judicious oak are all present. The mid palate continues the sour theme and some very fine grained tannins start to coat the gums. The acid component is really making my jaw water. The finish is short in length and pleasant with more red fruit and an intro to some rhubarb. It’s an interesting blend that unfortunately was a little too thin for my liking. Technically I would give it an 86 point score and 2 stars for its $30 retail price. Drink now. Salut….
I was super excited to see this wine for sale being a huge fan of their Shiraz lineup. This one is more on the budget side and includes a dollop (31%) of Cabernet Sauvignon and a hint(4%) of Malbec- here goes.
Dark purple, opaque but not showing legs in the glass. The nose is briary with some poached plums, a touch of charred wood and coffee bean. The palate is very rich with black fruits, cedar box, leather and espresso. There is a hint of tannins, but loads of acidity. Very tart on the mid palate but refreshing. I start to get sour blueberry as well as the black fruit compote, leading to a bit of mouth watering. A very interesting melange of flavors and mouthfeel. The finish is medium length, tasty and really juicy. The black fruit theme continues as does that charred note. It’s a very fruit forward wine meant to enjoyed in the short term. It’s no Armagh or MacRae Wood- but it has evidence of deft winemaking and decent fruit. Enjoy till 2023 with grilled steaks. 89 points from me and 5 stars for this $15 effort. Salut….
To say I am excited about today’s tasting would be an understatement. Many years ago, I discovered this Shiraz in a wine shop in Anchorage, Alaska. The local restaurant also carried it so it was easy to avail myself of this heady Shiraz, the little brother to the iconic Armagh. I have searched high and low for over 10 years, until today. Nestled into a corner of the local wine shop in Hong Kong were 5 bottles. I’m trying this one out and will return for the others if it works out. Here goes….
It has changed with the absence of a cork, replaced with the ease of a screw cap. Fully opaque, dark and brooding… Like I remember. The nose offers up sweet damson, charred oak, plums and lilac. I get a little blackberry jam note as well. The palate is as I remember- rich, deep, layered and chock full of flavors. It’s a lighter, less jammy version of the older ones which makes it a bit fresher and easier to drink. Blackberries, delicious oak, blueberry pie and vanilla all swirl around the palate. There is a very gradual introduction to the tannins, which are super fine grained and not very obtrusive. This wine has a very lush mouthfeel, it coats my gums and palate with delicious dark fruits from the front to the back. The astringency is well in check and there is a touch of acidity that keeps it fresh. This wine is a pleasure to drink, I am loving it. I would imagine it would pair beautifully with Filet and Bearnaise, or you can just sip it alone like I am. 93 points from me for this $38 effort that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2029. Salut….
One of my favorite Aussie Shiraz is the bigger brother to this wine, but I have not been able to find the McRae Wood anywhere. The Lodge Hill is their entry level Shiraz, the McRae Wood being the $50 effort while their top cuvee is the Armagh, priced around $250.
This one looks decent in the glass, a good solid purple that is ever so see-through. The nose is plum, cedar shavings and Ribena. On the palate is where this wine shines. Not overly extracted or jammy, it offers more plums, dark cherry and herbs. The mid palate continues the theme and ramps up the tannins which are in full force by the time the finish rolls around. The tannic component is very smooth, yet gripping. They leave my upper gums thoroughly dry for a short period. This is a decent wine that is not jammy yet offers lots of flavor. I am serving it with some roast beef, it would pair beautifully with Shish Kebabs and Basmati rice. 89 points from me make this $18 offering a 3 star wine. Salut…..