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
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
This is a big, sweet wine. It will likely be love it or hate it for most people. For my tastes, it is good but a little goes a long way. Inky purple in color. The nose is blackberry pie with some cherries, cedar, and chocolate. On the palate, this is full bodied. Sweet with blackberry pie, cherry pie, some dark chocolate and just a bit of spice. This lists 16.5% ABV on the label and though it tastes it, and feels it texturaly (is that a word?), there isn't any heat. Long, sweet finish. So, basically, this should be consumed as though one was drinking port. It will overpower most f
This is an inexpensive bottle from Australia that is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache. It is the kind of wine that made Australia famous in the 1990's and soon fell out of favor. This is a very sweet wine that will be popular with people who like that style. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has confectionery sugar, raspberry fruit and red candies. On the palate, this is candied raspberries. A bit bitter on the palate. It is not about depth but rather fruit and imbibing. Drink now.
One of the better Shiraz out there. At 12 years from vintage, this was in a beautiful place. It is still youthful and will easily go another decade or more. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, iodine, black pepper, violets and slight grilled meats. On the palate, this has a lovely texture; glycerin and full bodied but with good acidity that cuts through. Lots of black raspberry fruit, light tannins and underlying minerality. Worked well with food. Nice finish. Proof that at least some of the huge Shiraz bombs will stand the test of time.
Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries and black olives. On the palate, this is very Northern Rhonish. Black raspberry, nice depth. Some complexity. Medium tannins. Good balance. Long finish. This needs time and there is a chance for upside improvement. Right now it is a big, energetic young wine. It will need bigger (meaty) to pair with.