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

2009 Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggott Range Vineyard, Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose is very tight.  With air, black raspberry jam and some spice.  On the palate, this has a lot of black raspberry fruit but the finish is a bit clipped.  Soft texture.  OK finish.  This is a very solid wine, but it is having some trouble ageing.  It retailed for $70 on release and was probably a bit better back then.  Perhaps some slow airing will give it some time to come together.  It needs big meat dishes for food pairings.  

2014 Torbreck Shiraz The Struie, Australia, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Inky purple in color and shiny bright.  The nose has clay and black raspberries.  On the palate, this is tight but with air, it unwinds in the glass.  Black raspberry fruit.  Slight tannins.  Nice finish.  Needs bigger foods.  This retails for $55.  It needs a couple more years to settle down or give it a few years of a decant.  

2012 Lambert Estate Shiraz The Family Tree, Australia, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Purple in color but a bit flat, ruby at the rim.  The nose is tight at first, then shows a bit of aquarium notes.  To me this seems to be from extended shelving in a retail setting (not sure why).  On the palate, I found this a bit tired but a nice wine.  Black raspberry fruit.  Good balance.  OK finish.  To me, this seemed like a good wine if a bit past prime.  But, this was consumed as part of a larger blind tasting of Australian Shiraz.  Whereas, I may have found it lacking a bit, the group thought it was their Wine of the Night including two first and one second place votes.  Wine is su

2013 Henry's Drive Shiraz, Australia, Padthaway, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Inky purple in color, shiny and bright.  The nose has black raspberries and clay.  Someone mentioned butterscotch and that works as well.  On the palate, this has lots of black raspberry fruit and a "sandpaper" taste, if that makes sense.  Good finish.  Overall, this has a lot of fruit and oak, but if that is ok with you, this is a nice wine.  It needs bigger foods to pair with.  

2013 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier, Australia, McLaren Vale, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Inky purple in color.  The nose is very tight on this.  With time, blueberries and black raspberries with slight saw dust notes.  On the palate, this has plums and black raspberries.  Very smooth with little tannins.  Good balance.  Easy drinking.  This retails for $20 and is a good value and nice for parties.  It would work with bigger or meat based dishes.  

2017 Torbreck Shiraz Woodcutter's, Australia, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Purple, ruby at the rim.  There is a bit of barnyard funk here.  Also some black raspberry fruit.  On the palate, there are firm tannins in this young wine, but there is also a nice silkiness to the texture.  Black cherry fruit.    Good balance.  This will work with bigger foods.  This retails for $20 and is an excellent value.  A little air will help at this point or some short term cellaring (3 years).  

2003 Hobbs Shiraz, Australia, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2003
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Excellent wine.  This has really developed and while showing some signs of age at 15, there is plenty of life left.  Purple in color, some browning at the edges.  The nose has black raspberries and black pepper.  nice and not overblown.  On the palate, there is some layering of black raspberry fruit with char and slight pepper.  Nice texture.  Good finish.  This will work with larger or spicy foods quite well.  Good finish.  Right now, this is a very pretty wine and one that all Syrah lovers could find some enjoyment from.

2014 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna, Australia, South Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

Inky purple in color.  The nose has sweet black raspberries, slightly dusty.  On the palate, this is jammy black raspberries.  Medium tannins.  Thsi makes very easy drinking and while not over the top, this is more about instant enjoyment than depth and complexity.  Will need big, strong food to pair with but will drink well on its own.  Sure to be a crowd favorite.  Drink in the next five years.  $30 retail.  

2016 Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share, Australia, McLaren Vale, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Inky purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, saw dust and clay.  On the palate, this has tart acidity.  Black cherry notes.  Slight tannins and a sour, but long finish.  This did improve with air, so it likely will improve with a bit of bottle age.  Needs bold food to pair with.  $30 retail.  The sum is better than the parts here.  

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