Showing posts with label Shiraz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shiraz. Show all posts

Sunday 10 December 2023

Ihana Shiraz 2022


A Formula 1 driver meets a sixth-generation McLaren Vale producer, Ihana (Finnish for wonderful or fantastic) is a collaboration between Valtteri Bottas and Oliver's Taranga. There is a calm and admirable presence about its carry, a self-confident swagger of sorts for a wine that should be walking with arrogance given its pedigree. But it's the humility that I warm to.

Friday 8 December 2023

Yelland and Papps Limited Cuvée 2019


With a brighter personality compared to its 2018 sibling, this Yelland & Papps Limited Cuvee 2019 stands with arms wide open possessing interest and vibe. Oozing moreishness, this is a classy old school Shiraz.

Yelland and Papps Limited Cuvée 2018


From 1960s vines planted in the Barossa sub-region of Greenock, this Limited Cuvée has been released with five years bottle age. Dense and weighty, it carries less alcohol than its more vibrant 2019 sibling. Tasting the two releases side by side was quite the treat.

Tenafeate Creek Vincenzo 2021


A tribute to winemaker Michael Costa's nonno Vincenzo Costa, this comes in a big hefty bottle. It's a weapon and immediately gives the sense that this is a serious wine. And it is.

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Yelland and Papps Greenock Shiraz 2022


Greenock Shiraz hits a bit different. One of the great Barossa subregions, if you're in the hood, be sure to head to the Greenock pub. It's a proper old-school pub. And this? It's a classic, shapely Shiraz sourced and delicately handled by Yelland & Papps.

Tenafeate Creek Block 5 Shiraz 2021


Swirl this about and it sticks to the glass with viscosity for days. A sip slow kind of wine, this Tenafeate Creek Block 5 Shiraz is pixelated with intel and purpose.

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Tenafeate Creek Basket Press Shiraz 2022


A rock-solid Shiraz from Tenafeate Creek, give it a good decant and it will pay dividends. 

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Gundog Estate Hilltops No. 2 Shiraz 2022


From a cooler site than the No. 1 Shiraz, this walks with a sophisticated swagger despite rocking a street-style hoodie, you know the one. It's a treat to see the two Hilltop expressions from Gundog Estate side by side. There is a little more polish here yet it still presents with some rustic appeal.

Gundog Estate Hilltops No. 1 Shiraz 2022


From low-yielding vines in heavier soil, the density and weight are obvious when tasted beside its Hilltops No.2 stablemate. With a glossy appearance, this is a lovely medium-bodied Shiraz.

Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel Shiraz 2022


Such an approachable wine, it is no surprise that this Smoking Barrel is a popular choice in the Gundog Estate range. A 50/50 blend of Hunter Valley and Hilltops fruit, it's dense though it keeps its medium-bodied shape. 

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Tenafeate Creek GSM 2022


Silky with a comforting embrace, this is a delicious GSM from Tenafeate Creek. Attractive aromas and great fruit combine to deliver a wine that oozes large pours and big comfy chairs.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Tenafeate Creek Judgement Shiraz 2021


That colour! So bold and dense. The flagship wine from Tenafeate Creek, this Judgement Shiraz is rich and generous and it deserves to be tucked away for some time yet.

Friday 24 November 2023

Arila Gardens Ironstone and Quartz Gardens Shiraz 2022


Review number 600 for the year so let's make it worth celebrating. I present another brilliant Shiraz from Barossa producer Arila Gardens. This Ironstone and Quartz Garden 2022 is in the zone.

Thursday 23 November 2023

Sunday 19 November 2023

Gundog Estate Canberra District Shiraz 2022


After going MIA due to bushfires and high rainfall in 2020 and 2021, the Gundog Estate Canberra District Shiraz is back for 2022. A good drink, this is a burger night special.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Gundog Estate Rosé 2023


Canberra Cabernet and Hilltops Shiraz combine to deliver this respectable and very approachable Rosé from Gundog Estate. With a watermelon juice appearance, it's best described as a red apple and strawberry delight.

Friday 17 November 2023

Gundog Estate Flintlock Shiraz 2022


The best parcels of fruit from the Hilltops are kept aside to produce this Flintlock Shiraz. Made for the long term, this is a wine I'd like to see in a few years time.

Friday 10 November 2023

Ox Hardy Slate Shiraz 2021


Sleek! Decadent drinking, this is the type of wine you want with a bottomless glass.

Sunday 5 November 2023

Schwarz Wine Co Meta Shiraz 2022


Four vineyards are brought together in this mightily slurpable Barossa Shiraz from Schwarz Wine Co.

Alkimi Syrah 2022


This Alkimi Syrah has always been a wine that holds excellent fire pit and char-grilled steak appeal and the 2022 is no different. I've been known to buy 6 packs of this from Stuart Dudine precisely for that reason. Proven to develop with some bottle age, it's just a bloody good drink.