Expert articles and wine tasting videos profiling wines from Margaret River, the Margaret River wine region in Australia, & more.
It has been a long time since I tried a bottle of this. Back in the day, this wine was the poster child, good or bad, for the high alcohol, full throttle Australian Shiraz. Lots of people said they would not age, but the fact is, if you liked that style then and still like it, it has aged fine. This was the last vintage of this that I bought. At age 11 years from vintage it tastes how I remembered. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is big with some alcohol but also black raspberries, cassis, roasted meats and herbs and slight prune. Full bodied. The first sip packs a wal
Australia's most iconic wine. Always a pleasure to try one and this, at age 30 is just showing traces of age. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, vanilla, spice and slight black pepper. On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins. Plenty of black raspberry fruit. Fresh with lots of energy. Plenty of depth. This is drinking well now but may still improve as it matures. It should drink well for another fifteen years or more. This is great on its own and will work with roasts and drilled meat, fowl or veggies.
This is still one of the poster boys for big, fruity Aussie wines. It can be a love it or hate it wine, but I find, as long as you know what to expect going in, this is a well made and delicious wine. A blend of 71% Shiraz and 29% Cabernet. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight dill (American oak?), and smoke. On the palate, this is rich and full bodied. Black raspberries, slight raisins with light tannins. There is some alcohol/heat on the mid-palate and finish. It is ripe and delicious and probably better on its own, but it trying
This is one in a series of Tawny "Ports" made by Penfold's. It has very attractive packaging although no longer in the wood box. Made in a Solera style, the minimum blended age is 20 years old. The Solera currently contains vintages from 1960 to 2004. Mostly Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Mourvedre but others as well. Iced tea in color. The nose is a bit oxidized (in a good way) with brown sugar, toffee and crème brulee. On the palate, this is viscous. Lots of caramel notes. Some heat. There is a nice depth to it. Long finish. This will work well on its own or with toffee/carame
What a treat. The iconic wine of Australia. This is Syrah or Shiraz as they call it down under. This wine is 37 years old and drinks like it is just getting to maturity. No hint of age. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black pepper, black raspberries, some chocolate and baking spice. On the palate, this is starting to show some layering. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char and spice. Great texture. Long finish. It probably won't improve from here but should be at this level for at least another decade. This will work well with stews or roasts and is
A chance to try the iconic wine of Australia is pretty special but a chance to try one with age is amazing. This bottle was decanted for a couple of hours and then poured back into the bottle and served after an additional two hours. It was still a bit tight but opened up in the glass quite well. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, black pepper and slight roasted meats and roasted herbs. On the palate, it is medium to full bodied. Great balance. Nice black raspberry and black cherry fruit over char. This is drinking well and probably at or close to peak. No hurry, there
Grange is arguably the best wine from its entire continent. That's a pretty bold statement. This is the iconic wine from Australia and has, and continues to, earn that reputation for over almost seventy years. This is of course, young. Grange is a wine that can easily do a few decades. Yet, it drank well as pop and pour Purple in color. The nose is very pretty with black cherries, ginger, cedar, and spice. Full bodied with firm tannins. Flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, a bot of char/toast. Great mouth feel. Long finish. This will get better with cellaring. It needs
This was a new one for me. Pop and pour, it is a very nice Pinot drinking well right now. Ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose is very tight. With air some black cherries and dust come out. With a bit more air, cherries and a bit of woodiness (not oak) show up. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Cherry fruit with some depth. Not as much as I might have expected at age 20 but not really showing age either. Not sure where this goes from here, but there seems to be time. It is very enjoyable. Not as big as many Aussie wines from this time period can be. It will go well wit
75% Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale & Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 20% Langhorne Creek Merlot - 5% Eden Valley Shiraz. This is the flagship wine of this property. The bottle was gifted to me a couple of years ago, and it got opened at the end of a 1980's Bordeaux tasting which seemed appropriate. It did not disappoint and held its own in the tasting. Purple with ruby swirls, ruby at the rim, not much bricking. On the nose, this is dusty with black cherry fruit and a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this has some depth with nice layering that is immediately apparent. Good aci