A reader kindly brought my attention to the existence of this wine from O’Leary Walker and asked for my thoughts on how it stacked up against the more well-known and illustrious 2010 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz. The answer is, extremely well indeed…although they are very different wines. This is juicier, unforced and fresh while the Shaw + Smith possesses a touch more structure and gravitas. Both are fine wines for sure. It’s only the second release of the Wyebo, the first coming from the 2008 vintage.
Brimful of brambly fruits, white pepper and star anise/licorice with hints of chocolate and coffee beans. It’s luscious yet bright and nimble, carrying its alcohol effortlessly. While it spent two years in French barriques, the tannins feel textured in a manner which brings to mind grape-skins rather than oak. Savoury and flinty characters seal the deal. Touch and go for a higher rating. 93 Very Good – Excellent
Region: Adelaide Hills
Tasted: January 2013