This wine strikes me as a bit of a non-sequitur on the shelf. An Australian brand name – Tar & Roses – and the wine made by Australian winemakers Don Lewis and Narelle King in Priorat in Spain. I imagine there is a risk here of being neither one thing nor the other.
The wine itself though is very good, if very big in style. A blend of 77% grenache and carinena, 16% shiraz and 7% cabernet sauvignon, it has aromatics of intense blackberry, oak, anise and tar. These fragrances give way to a palate with grippy tannin, anise, blackcurrant, thyme, spice and between medium and long length with some acid edges. If you like the style, which I did, you will find this a very good, well made and quite structured wine that I think will be able to be safely drunk over the next 5 to 10 years. Good to Very Good