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Punters Corner Coonawarra Triple Crown 2002

This wine is from Punters Corner in Coonawarra and is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz from the 2002 vintage.  It was purchased in South Australia at release, when travel outside of Victoria was a thing. The wine opens to tertiary aromas of cedar, smoke and earth.  The palate is full bodied and…Continue readingPunters Corner Coonawarra Triple Crown 2002

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard 2016

I rather sensed that this producer and vineyard were headed towards producing a fine wine. This wine has seen considerable attention to detail and is outstanding. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 16% shiraz and 16% cabernet franc, it is from the Crayères vineyard in the Wrattonbully region on the South Australian/Victorian border. In terms…Continue readingTerre à Terre Crayères Vineyard 2016

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Chateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

This is a first class expression of a GSM blend from Chateau Yaldara and the Barossa Valley.  It has aromas of strawberry, chocolate, pepper and new barrels.  The palate is full bodied and rich with medium tannins and long length on the finish.  Approachable now and drink over the next decade.  Rating: Very Good to…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

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Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2017

From Delas, this is a sound Côtes du Rhône rouge from the 2017 vintage.  It has aromas of berry and spices.  The palate is medium bodied with moderate acidity and chalky tannins.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Website:  http://www.delas.com/en/; wine-searcher.com.  Reviewed: June 2020.Continue readingDelas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2017

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Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

From the 2005 vintage, Best’s have produced an outstanding shiraz here from the Great Western region in western Victoria. Bests is certainly out of the way, but is worth the visit alone to see its old mixed vineyard with unknown vines. Cellared since purchased at the winery, the wine opens to tertiary aromas of rosemary,…Continue readingBest’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

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Chateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

This is a very good and classically styled Barossa shiraz from Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley. From the 2016 vintage, the wine has a deep colour, with aromas of mulberry, cedar and that unique Barossa earthy/spicy character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tannins that are soft and ripe in texture and medium…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

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shadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010

This is first rate Heathcote shiraz from shadowfax and the 2010 vintage. In the glass, the wine has an aroma of licorice, spice and plums. On the palate, its key features are its long length, medium tannins (more than usual for Heathcote) and full body. This wine has been delicious over all of its life,…Continue readingshadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010

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Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2018

Wild Duck Creek produces very ripe styles of Heathcote shiraz. Weighing in at 15.9abv, the 2018 vintage of the Springflat shiraz opens to aroma of ripe plums and spices. It is pure in expression and this is a wine that unequivocally celebrates fruit. The palate is full bodied with no edges and has low to…Continue readingWild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2018

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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2007

The Margaret River, best known for its cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and semillon-sauvignon blanc blends, probably in that order, also produces a ripe shiraz style that ages well. This wine, a 2007 shiraz from Leeuwin Estate (best known for its chardonnay) has an aroma of plums. The palate is rich, full bodied and spicey, with ripe…Continue readingLeeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2007

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Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015

Wendouree in the Clare Valley is legendary in local wine circles for their quixotic mailing list practices and very high quality wines. I sometimes wonder in which order. I opened a bottle of their shiraz malbec here from the 2015 vintage. It immediately identifies as a high quality wine. Its aromas remind of warm spices,…Continue readingWendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015

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Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2017

The 2017 release of Rockford’s Rod & Spur shiraz cabernet has aromas of licorice and cassis. The palate is medium bodied and has fine, almost unnoticeable tannins. This is a very balanced wine and is approachable now. In fact, its principal attribute is balance – this is not a blockbuster Barossa style, and intentionally so.…Continue readingRockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2017

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Rusty Mutt Rocky Ox GSM 2018

This wine is a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre (mataro) from Rusty Mutt in McLaren Vale. It opens to aromas of red berries. The palate is full bodied and consistent with the McLaren Vale GSM style where the tannins are a little firmer and more structured than expected for a grenache blend, but always…Continue readingRusty Mutt Rocky Ox GSM 2018