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.  

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.