Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Rockford’s 2015 vintage of the Rod & Spur shiraz cabernet (a 62%/38% blend) will benefit from at least 5 years in the cellar.  Tasted now, it is too young, but someone has to do it.  There are youthful aromatics of cedar and dark plums.  The palate reveals ripe fruit, longish length, some firmer tannins with […]

Cat Amongst the Pigeons Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2016

This is a premium own label offering from Woolworths/Dan Murphy’s stable.  The aroma is ripe and fruity, with some green clove notes.  The palate is full bodied, has quite generous fruit, good tannic structure and decent length on the finish.  Frankly, this is a well made wine and I think it over delivers for the […]

Yalumba Y Series Whites 2017

I recently tasted through Yalumba’s new 2017 vintage of “Y Series” whites. All the wines are $15 and all five wines from different single varieties. As a group, these wines evidence the new modern Australian style – lower alcohol, more medium than full bodied and no discernible oak influence. The sauvignon blanc for example weighs […]

Colonel and The Merchant Barossa Shiraz 2016

I tasted this wine blind, not knowing it was a $10 wine.  Actually, it’s not bad and overachieves for the price.  Aromas of plum, soy and blackcurrant.  There’s some tomato stalk notes around the edges.  The palate is balanced with reasonable length.  A sound Barossa shiraz.  (Region: Barossa, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now, Tasted: […]

Grant Burge Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2013

It’s easier to taste wine than work out who produces it sometimes.  Some mild internet sleuthing finds that Grant Burge is owned by Accolade Wines, which owns Hardys among other brands.  I was really impressed by this wine.  It has plum, spice and raisined aromatics.  The palate is super structured and grippy and the tannins […]

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2012

Saltram is one of the many brands in the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio.  Only “Barossa” is referred to on the front label of the bottle, it being the wider “zone” that encompasses the “regions” of the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley under Australia’s geographical indication rules.  Saltram’s website does not currently provide further details […]

Krondorf Growers Barossa Shiraz (Schulz & Bowen) 2012

The growers for this Krondorf wine are Anita Bowen and Nick Schulz, and the custodian winemaker is Nick Badrice.  I am not entirely sure what custodian in the context of winemaking means, but it may not matter, as I liked this wine in the glass as a typical example of a Barossa shiraz at the […]

Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2009

This wine from Henschke – the Keyneton Euphonium – made me wonder why I don’t drink more of it, more often.  A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, the 2009 vintage has attractive aromatics of plums, crushed dried herbs, gravel, currants and tea leaves.  Ready to drink now, the palate has flavours […]

Grant Burge Tenet Estate Barossa Shiraz 2011

Tenet Estate appears to be a Coles supermarket brand (see the attached list), but since Grant Burge’s name also appears on the bottle, I am going to rather boldly assume that it is made by Grant Burge.  It shows some interest for the price.   A bright medium intensity ruby in the glass, its aromatics […]