Category Archives: Shiraz et al

2012 Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viognier

Difficult vintage and not a persuasive take on the Shiraz Viognier blend. Pepper and florals. A little plushness in the mouth but the acidity remains gangly and mawkish. Light berry fruit. Purple flowers, sour plum skins. Trails away quickly. 85 … Continue reading

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2012 McPherson Basilisk Shiraz Mourvèdre

Continuing the theme of good value for money – McPherson, a Central Victorian producer I was previously unfamiliar with. This is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre. Good energy with copious black berry-cherry fruit and complexity generated by … Continue reading

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2013 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

There’s no mistaking it as anything other than a Shiraz Viognier but if you have any time for the blend in cool climates then I urge you not to write it off. Incorporation of whole bunches and 5% Viagra…I mean … Continue reading

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2011 Topper’s Mountain Red Earth Child

After a one year hiatus when the folks at Topper’s Mountain forgot to make a 2010 version, the Red Earth child is back. Vigneron Mark Kirkby presents the intent behind the wine in three parts. Firstly, to make the best … Continue reading

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2010 Cradle of Hills Cabernet Shiraz

A dense, full-bodied wine. 80% Cabernet, 20% Shiraz. A touch too warm for my tastes but that aside it has a lot going for it. Cassis over plums, choc-licorice bullets, a velvet mouth-feel and good length. The powerful fruit has … Continue reading

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2009 Henry’s Drive Shiraz Cabernet

The great Australian blend, this time from Padthaway. Not a great example unfortunately. Hot, hollow and spirity. Full-bodied. Plum pudding, mint, vanilla custard and spice. Shrill acidity. Hard work. 81 Region: Padthaway Alcohol: 14.5% Closure: Screwcap Price: $35 Tasted: February … Continue reading

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2012 Les Courtilles Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu

Another more than handy import from Fourth Wave Wines. Half Grenache, half Syrah. Sweet raspberry over plums, tar, herbs and licorice. Spicy. Avoids any overt jaminess and is far from a heavy wine. Good interplay between sweet and savoury characters, … Continue reading

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2012 Teusner The Garden of Earthly Pleasures Shiraz Grenache

An Aldi Liquor online exclusive and perhaps a nod to Hieronymus Bosch? “For he spake and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast”. Perhaps not Kym Teusner and company’s most ambitious work but quite stunning in terms of value. … Continue reading

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2011 Mr Riggs Three Corner Jack

A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot from McLaren Vale. Blackberry pastilles, raspberry jellies, pepper, leaf. Stalky, firm tannin. Mocha oak. Feels gussied up with too much eye shadow. Cordial sweet on entry then hard, mean and unforgiving on the … Continue reading

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2011 Lowe Mudgee Blue Shiraz Cabernet

This is a more than handy offering from Lowe Wines. 80% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet. No issues whatsoever with regard to ripeness. Highly aromatic. Plums, blackberries, eucalypt and leather. Smooth mocha oak, pepper, aniseed and cloves. Loose in the mouth with … Continue reading

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