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 reading “Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015”

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 reading “Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2017”

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 alwaysContinue reading “Rusty Mutt Rocky Ox GSM 2018”

Rusty Mutt Original Shiraz 2016

Something of a contrast in style to the Heartland shiraz just reviewed, this shiraz from McLaren Vale and the 2016 vintage has aromas of earth, soil and spice.  The palate has medium to high acidity, soft tannins, a medium to full body and is restrained in style.  This is an enjoyable wine that can beContinue reading “Rusty Mutt Original Shiraz 2016”

Glaetzer Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2015

This is a classically proportioned and less oaky vintage of Glaetzer’s Directors’ Cut Heartland shiraz from Langhorne Creek that is a delight to drink.  In the glass, it has aromas of coconut shavings and plum.  The palate is rich, full bodied with terrific length and an expression of crushed spices.  Ready to drink now orContinue reading “Glaetzer Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2015”