Category Archives: Shiraz

2013 Clonakilla Jack Reidy Shiraz

Posted a photo of this to Facebook and Bryan Martin, who works alongside Tim Kirk at Clonakilla, offered the following: “Ahh, I remember you Jacky boy. Comes from the Euroka park and Eastern vineyards. Tough to declassify from the other … Continue reading

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2011 Evans & Tate Redbrook Margaret River Shiraz

One of the region’s better performed Shiraz wines. Surprisingly I preferred it to the Cabernet. Red fruits and mulberry, gum leaf and sage. Notable for its lithe shape and the finesse and length of its graphite tannin. Savoury dimensions and … Continue reading

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2012 Inkwell I & I Shiraz

References to a Bob Dylan song, Rastafarianism and Dudley Brown’s marriage to Irina Santiago last year. I tasted this with the happy couple over dinner when in McLaren Vale earlier in the year but no notes were made. A magnificent … Continue reading

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2012 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz

My fascination with Shiraz from the Great Southern GI continues unabated. Its isolation may slow progress to an extent but I feel strongly that it will one day produce some of the leading examples of the grape in Australia. Deep, … Continue reading

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2013 Manners Hilltops Shiraz

Strikes me as a superhero type label. And for a producer I’m unaware of it’s a superhero type price. Will it be Iron Man or the Green Lantern? Has all those Hilltops blueberries on the nose and palate. Black cherry, … Continue reading

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2012 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Shiraz

“She brought me another whisky Said “Here’s to the best you ever had” We laughed and made a toast It wasn’t the best I ever had Not even close” – Bruce Springsteen, ‘Reno’ Lifted blackberry, pepper and faux plums. Lipstick … Continue reading

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2012 Coriole Galaxadia Shiraz

Old Tapley Hill formation, Seaview subregion. The latter is instantly recognisable to me when tasting the wine. More power and density than the Willunga 1920 Shiraz even if the vines are much younger. Blackberry and mulberry with plenty of raspberry … Continue reading

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2012 Coriole Willunga 1920 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Another from 2012 Scarce Earth stable, obviously from the Willunga subregion. Geologically we’re talking the Christies Beach formation. Predominantly redcurrants which present in a oddly diffuse manner. Notes of chocolate and aniseed with Indian spice. Grainy, gum-creeping tannin. 91 Region: … Continue reading

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2013 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz

Having first tasted this briefly with Nicholas Crampton and considered it good if not much more, I thought I’d wait a while to revisit it…and pop it into a line-up of 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz tasted blind. I don’t think … Continue reading

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2012 Chapel Hill The Chosen Road Block Shiraz

Many differences in relation to the House block. It’s simultaneously bigger and bolder yet more softly fruited. Mulberry, plums and raspberry coulis. Tighter tannin. Not as much length. Splays on entry but those tannins restrict and give form. I prefer … Continue reading

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