Tag: Shiraz

Terre à Terre Shiraz Wrattonbully 2016

Labelled as shiraz, this is in fact a blend of 88% shiraz and 12% cabernet franc. I cannot easily think of where this blend might otherwise appear in the world. It opens to an aroma of game, clove, plums and spice. The palate is full fruited, with cedar undertones (oak is 10% new). Rating: Good. Abv: 14.3%. Price: $40. Website: https://terreaterre.com.au. Reviewed: September 2019.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Shiraz 2018

This is a very approachable and attractive expression of Margaret River shiraz. Its overt aromas of spice and blueberry are complemented by a full bodied palate with good length on the finish. Ready to drink now and over the next 4 to 5 years. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: NA. Website: http://willsdomain.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: September 2019.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Rosé 2019

Very pale in colour, this rosé from Wills Domain in the Margaret River is a blend of 85% shiraz and 15% sauvignon blanc. In the glass, it has a fruity aroma of ripe red strawberries. The palate has a soft body but firm acidity. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.6%. Price: NA. Website: http://willsdomain.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: September 2019.

Arundel Sunbury Shiraz 2017

Arundel Farm Estate is not a winery I have previously come across. Located in Keilor in the west of Melbourne, it is within the Sunbury geographic indication which is larger than the town of Sunbury. Craiglee, the region’s most well known producer, is 22km away.

In the glass, the 2017 shiraz is a pleasant wine and a medium bodied, cooler climate syrah style. Its aroma reminds of struck match, cracked pepper and bacon. The palate has notes of green pepper and herbs and good length. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $25. Website: http://arundelfarmestate.com.au/. Source: Sample.

d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier McLaren Vale 2015

This is a very typical expression of shiraz from McLaren Vale. The 2015 vintage of d’Arenberg’s “The Laughing Magpie” has aromatics of plums and spice. The palate has good density of fruit, fresh acidity and is brooding in bearing. This wine can be approached now, but will be best with aeration and short term (2-3 years) cellaring. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.5%. Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.

Clefs des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015

This is a delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a region whose wines I taste infrequently.  From the 2015 vintage, the Clefs des Papes has aromas of savoury plums, stones and smoke.  The palate has great length and is moreish.  This is a great value CNP that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $50. Website: n/a.

Craiglee Shiraz 2013

I’ve had some very good Craiglee shiraz over the years.  The 2013 however appears to be a lesser vintage.  Its aroma reminds of red fruits and plums, but there is little of the typical pepper of this estate.  The palate is pleasant enough, although the finish is a little short and, at times, warming.  Ready to drink now, this Craiglee may need more time to develop.  Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $60. Website: www.craigleevineyard.com