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 withContinue reading “Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2015”

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 theContinue reading “Cat Amongst the Pigeons Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2016”

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 weighsContinue reading “Yalumba Y Series Whites 2017”

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:Continue reading “Colonel and The Merchant Barossa Shiraz 2016”

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 tanninsContinue reading “Grant Burge Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2013”

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 detailsContinue reading “Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2012”