Shiraz, Shiraz, Shiraz – Friday April 15, 2016

Shiraz, Shiraz, Shiraz
Friday April 15, 2016
Grant Graves

The wizards from OZ can sure create some magic with their wine making skills. We sampled 6 different Shiraz from 6 different producers from 6 different districts in South Australia. While the base is similar, each products had its own unique character and tastes. These wines exhibited the terroir and wine making skills Australia wants its reputation to be built upon.
Good on ya mate.

Henry’s Drive H Syrah 2012 Padthaway, South Australia
91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for the 2012 vintage! The review: “Replacing the “Dead-letter Office” label, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 “H” Syrah has pretty, lifted black cherry and crushed blackberry aromas dotted with hints of anise, mocha and baking spices. Big and voluptuous in the mouth with a nice structure of medium to firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acid, it finishes long. Drink it now to 2020.” This is an aromatic wine, showing fresh blueberry, fragrant violet and underlying earthy spice notes. The palate is finely structured showing delicacy; vibrant rhubarb and blueberry characters are mixed with hints of anise and lavender. The flavours lingers and the wine finishes with delicate fine tannins.  $24.99

Heartland Shiraz 2013 Langhorne Creek, South Australia
The dark colour preempts a wine of dense, layered black fruit.  The aromas of anise and cracked pepper are enveloped in classic blackberry.  The glass coating texture gives way to freshness on the finish resulting in a fine balance.  The structure imparted by oak and skin contact integrates well with the bright, but intense fruit.  $19.99

Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2013 McLaren Vale, South Australia
89 points from Robert Parker for the 2012 vintage! The review: “Deep garnet with a hint of purple to the color, the 2012 Jester Shiraz displays pronounced nose redolent of spice cake, cinnamon stick and preserved plums with underlying blackberry compote and star anise nuances. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of warm blackberry and baking spice flavors on offer in the mouth, the flesh is nicely framed with a medium level of velvety tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with good persistence”.  $21.99

Maverick Breechens Shiraz 2013 Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley, South Australia
This scarlet and warm brick colored beauty has aromas of sweet black fruit, some dark spices and subdued flashes of oak.  The palate is silky and supple, balanced and moderately weighted with good flesh. It finishes soft, clean and dry with a strong persistence of boysenberry and blackcurrant flavours.  $30.99

Rolf Binder Heysen Shiraz 2009 Barossa Valley, South Australia
The origins of the Rolf Binder winery go back to 1955.  The philosophy of the winery is to let the vineyard tell its story. The Heysen Shiraz (which is one of their flagship wines) comprises 100% estate grown Barossa fruit. Made from dry grown Shiraz and varying amounts of 1-4% Cabernet Sauvignon (depending on the vintage). It is characterized by a velvety texture and softness. $53.99

Reilly’s Stolen Block Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley, South Australia
Don’t miss your chance to buy this big, bold beauty from Australia! Here’s what Australian wine critic Tony Love has to say about the 2012 vintage:  “Darkly dense in the glass with powerful black and sweetly spiced fruit, glorious oak and fabulous richness all swelling out and upwards. Yes, it’s huge, with fruit bomb juiciness and generosity, but all this comes with impressive balance for so much muscle”. $39.99

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