Expert articles and wine tasting videos profiling wines from Margaret River, the Margaret River wine region in Australia, & more.

2020 Harvey River Bridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Geographe Western Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Shiraz, and 1% Malbec from Australia (according to the label).  Garnet in color, purple at the  core, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, spice and mint.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries, slight raisins and spice.  Medium tannins.  This is a pleasant, easy to drink Cabernet for a fair price.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with a burger.  Drink over the next five years.    

2001 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command, Australi, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Nice to get a chance to revisit this with some serious age on it.  The last time I tried it in 2014, it was great but young.  Purple in color, ruby swirls, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, leather and black pepper.  Velvety texture.  This seems fully mature.  Complex.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has black raspberries, some char, a bit of earthy funk and black pepper.  A bit sweet on the finish.  This is everything one wants in a mature Syrah.  Great on its own, this will work better with food.  It would work well with Lamb Curry.  

2001 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity, Australia, McLaren Vale, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$180.00USD

When Marquis Phillips wines burst onto the scene around the beginning of the century, this was the flagship and quite the divisive wine.  It was a poster child for the big, perhaps overblown style of Aussie Shiraz that was so popular at the time.  Most loved them but many disliked the style.  It was interesting to check in on this 21 years later.  If you loved it then, you will still and vice-versa.  Purple in color with ruby hues.  Mostly clear and bright.  It seems the color has faded a tad in the intervening 21 years.  On the nose, this is fresh and big with black raspberries, black oliv

2013 Penfolds Shiraz Magill Estate, Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

This is 100% Shiraz from Adelaide in Australia.  It is a single vineyard wine and it is stunning.  There was a time this was an affordable bottle and less expensive alternative to Grange, but both have seen steep escalation of their pricing.  Still, once in a while, this is doable.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, chocolate, black olives, leather and nutmeg.  Full bodied.  Great vibrant texture.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, this is complex and also delicious.  Black raspberry fruit with layers of fruit, earth and char.  Long finish.  Thi

NV Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny, Australia, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

 The wine is an iced tea color with a touch of ruby. The nose has Pay-day Candy bar, toffee and crème brulee. Not as complex on the palate with a nice nuttiness and a bit of sweetness. Just a hint of heat. Long finish. Slightly sweet but not overtly.  This is a nice take on a 20 year Tawny.  It drinks well on its own and would work with more savory desserts (especially with nuts).  This should age quite well for the next twenty years.  

2019 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix, Australia, Coonawarra, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a reasonably priced Australian 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries and black raspberries cedar with a streak of mint.  Full bodied.  On the palate, there are medium tannins, black raspberries, a touch of oak.  A bit sweet/ripe.  Long finish.  This drinks well now and should continue to do so for five to seven years.  It will work well on its own and also with wings or ribs (or a burger).  

2017 Henry's Drive Shiraz/Cabernet, Australia, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of 72% Shiraz, and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, black pepper, and slight cedar.  Full bodied.  On the palate, there is a lot of black raspberry and black cherry fruit.  Some alcohol is noticeable.  It is very tasty but somewhat one dimensional.  A throw-back to the Aussie Shiraz of twenty years ago.  Good value if you like this style.  

2010 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love, Australia, McLaren Vale, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

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

1990 Penfolds Grange Shiraz Blend, Australia, South Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1990
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$450.00USD

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.  

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