Deep hues of ruby along with a hint of age- a garnet edge. The nose has lovely, pronounced aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, licorice, vanilla, blackberry jam, cedar and spice box. The palate is dry with medium acidity and well-melded tannins that are grippy yet unobtrusive. The rich, ripe black fruit flavors dominate but I get some charred oak, black tea, licorice and spices in this full bodied beaut. It flows seamlessly to a somewhat tart and slightly tannic finish that lasts a good 20 seconds. I really like this winery, they produce enjoyable wines that age well. This one will keep going until 2030 at the earliest and pair well with grilled meats, rich stews and wild game. 93 points from me for this $40 wine makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
It’s nearly opaque- probably medium to deep ruby in color. It’s age is not showing at all but the alcohol (14.5% ABV) presents some lively legs in the glass. The nose is a beaut. Rich blackberry, black plum compote, purple licorice, mint, coconut, vanilla, baking spices and a blueberry jam note on the tail end. Quite complex and certainly chock full. The palate is dry with juicy acidity and melded tannins. The flavors are not as pronounced but they balance beautifully with the structural components to give me a full bodied mouthfeel that leaves me with a medium finish that is jaw watering. I like this wine, it has layers of fruit and nice secondary notes. It drinks relatively easily but is full of flavor and is still fresh. 91 points, as I think it is peaking now. For $30 it gets 5 stars from me. Drill till 2026 with some hearty meat dishes or Moussaka. Salut….
Every so often I shop the bin-ends at my local wine shop, some are hits whilst others are a waste of time and money. This blend of Cab Sav and Shiraz ran me $20. It is showing a bit of age- medium garnet in color. The nose is still fresh however with primal aromas of blackberry, mint, black pepper, ripe blueberry jam, cloves, cedar and vanilla. The palate is dry with resolved and silky tannins, high acidity, medium to full body and flavors of black and blue fruit, menthol, spicy black pepper and oak by way of vanilla and cedar. The finish is medium in length and leans on the mint/menthol as well as the blackberry fruit. It’s a tasty drop that is at peak now and will need to be drunk by 2024 if you have some. Pairing tonight with grilled steaks and salad. 90 points from me make this a 5 star wine. Salut….
I’m grilling Picanha steaks tonight and needed a rich red wine, Aussie Shiraz fits the bill. This one is deep ruby, nearly dark purple. Very brooding and mysterious. The nose has got gobs of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant cassis, oak, purple licorice, and black plum. The aromas are so pronounced I have to take a breather- super concentrated. The palate is dry with an immediate back palate astringency that I don’t think I like. I’m going to walk away and let it breathe.
It’s still there unfortunately. Anyways- I get black fruit compote, rich cassis and oak cloaked in medium level tannins and medium (+) acidity. I find the wine a touch thin on the mid palate making it medium bodied- not what I was hoping for tonight. The finish, once I get past the astringent portion is actually quite nice and makes up for the thin mid. Juicy, a touch dry from the lingering tannins and laced with licorice and black fruit. Overall this wine disappoints me as I have had stunning bottles from this producer, perhaps this one is off. At $50 this wine is a 2 star effort as I am going with 87 points- far below the pros who tagged it with 91,92 and even 96 points. Must be a bad bottle. Shame. Salut….
A deep purple color with thick legs in the glass. On the nose I get pronounced aromas of blackcurrant, ripe black plum, jammy blueberry, anise, chocolate and a dusting of white pepper. The palate is technically dry but the ripeness of the fruit makes it seem sweet- like jam. Spicy yet it really shows off the sun-drenched fruit. Black and blue berries with licorice, pepper, and a slight oak influence with mocha/chocolate. This wine is max throttle. Full bodied, silky smooth tannins, medium (-) acidity and a long finish. Amazing stuff if you like a brash Shiraz. For $20 I’m glad I loaded up on this 93 pointer that will drink beautifully till 2028 and pair with most grilled meats or hearty stews. 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….
I have had a few of the Two Hands wines and enjoyed them so when I came across this slightly aged bottle I had to try. It’s Lamb Chops tonight so an Aussie Shiraz is appropriate. This one is deep ruby, ie nearly fully opaque. The nose is of medium intensity and has aromas of plums, blackberry, rich baking spice, cedar and eucalyptus but no telltale pepper note. The palate is dry with really juicy acidity, medium (+) tannins and medium (+) body. There is some heat from the high alcohol that caught me off-guard. The flavors are medium (+) intense and consist of black plums, blackberry, cedar, eucalyptus and a jammy component. The finish is quite long, the wine is nicely balanced and complex. It has good mouthfeel even though there is a slight, lingering burn on the back end. I like it and think it will drink well for some time- till 2029. Pairing it with meat is obvious. 92 points from me and for $35 it’s a steal worthy of 5 stars. Salut….
I’ve been a fan of this winery for many years. In fact I have written about several wines from them and each one got a glowing review. I just realized that this bottling is named after the founder’s daughter who is but 3 days older than my youngest son, Jet. This vintage runs a little less ABV than previous, 14.2%. In the glass it is deep purple and showing youth rather than maturity. The nose is very pronounced with aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and white pepper. There’s oak for sure, it’s just seamless and presents itself in vanilla and perhaps some chocolate notes. As I swirl the flavor profile shifts towards blue fruit- think blueberry and plum. There is a sweetness to this wine that might manifest into a jammy component on the palate- let’s see.
On the initial attack I get blueberry cobbler, vanilla, grippy tannins, juicy acidity and ever so slight jamminess. It’s not overly thick like some Aussie Shirtaz-bombs can be, more subtle. I get a distinct smoky note which is actually not playing well into my aspirations, it’s a bit disjointed. The mid palate is quite dry and the finish is definitely where the tannins are showing up. It’s quite a long affair with plenty of fruit flavors, but the grip is very present. I like it. This wine will pair well with my char-grilled strip steak and Chorizo sausages. I think it drinks nicely now and will continue to evolve and get better with time. Cellar or drink till 2028 for this 91 point wine that gets 4 stars for it’s $55 entry fee. Salut….
For the finale at our Virtual Wine tasting #20 I selected an oldie but goodie. It’s been a few years since I drank any Mollydooker wines. They are a treat but buyer beware- they pack a punch. It all starts with the obligatory Mollydooker Shake, which is an important part of tasting this wine correctly. I had all the participants open the screw cap and pour off a half cup of wine into another wine glass. After re-sealing the bottle we shook vigorously to help release the Nitrogen that these wines are bottled under. Once done I had them pour regular glasses and we compared the smell of the original wine versus the shaken version- a stunning difference in aroma.
The wine is bright purple, opaque and menacing in the glass once you read the label and realize it has 16% ABV. On the nose it is jammy with blackberry, raisin, plum, pepper, coffee, black tea and vanilla. Our group got flavors of coffee, blackberry jam, cinnamon, and someone mentioned ‘grape’. Lithe tannins and medium (-) acidity make for an easy mouthfeel once you clear the alcohol hurdle. A decent finish was enjoyed as I reflected on the length and depth of fruit flavor coming out of this bottle. The body is most def full, the grapes being extracted to the max. This is not a lightweight. I am a little stumped as to what I would pair it with- the richness will overpower most foods- oh well…drink it all by itself. 91 points from me make this $30 wine a 5 star effort that needs to be on your short list. Drink till 2028. Salut….
I was reading about Biodynamic farming today in my wine course so naturally I was tempted to try one. This particular wine is an Aussie Shiraz from McLaren Vale that runs 14.5% ABV, typical. They like to wring the heck out of the juice downunda. It shows in the glass- deep purple with big tears. The nose has rich plum, bakers spice, blackcurrant and a whiff of the heat. On the palate it reverberates the dark fruit theme with spiciness alongside chocolate powder hints. It is opulent yet not overly jammy, as can be the case too often in Shiraz. The mouthfeel is very round and warm, the alcohol noticeable on the mid-palate. There are some lithe tannins and a modicum of acidity – very balanced in my opinion, even if on a smaller scale. The finish is short to medium and certainly fruit forward, it’s nice. This wine will drink nicely till 2026 and pair well with roasted meats. 89 points from me and at $18 per bottle, its gets 3 stars. Salut….