Taylors Estate | Wakefield Shiraz 2016

Wakefield-Shiraz-wmAustralia’s Clare Valley is known for its rich, spicy shiraz, immediately drinkable and irresistable. The Clare based Taylor family knows how to capture that lush velvetiness, while keeping the peppery, berry cherry fruit fresh and vibrant. The fuller body is rich and jammed packed full of intense flavour that fills the mouth and lasts long into the next sip. It has the intensity to match a plate of flavourful venison sausages or it is a delicious wine to drink curled up on the couch after dinner is done.

Look for the Taylors’ label in Australia and for Wakefield in Europe and the Americas.  This is a wine Read More

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Taylors (Wakefield) Tempranillo 2014

taylors-tempranillowmThere are some great finds amongst the Taylor family’s Estate range and this is one of them. The Tempranillo grapes have been sourced from their Clare Valley estate.  With an eye on doing justice to the fruit, individual portions were either cold soaked before ferment, partially fermented in stainless steel or in open fermenters before spending some time in old French oak.  

All this care has left the mulberry, blueberry fruit to speak for itself, enhanced with some pepper, violet, nutmeg and dried thyme and parsley.  As it enters the mouth, the juicy fruit has a silky polish and soft acid and tannins for structure. The length offers more cherry and black fruit amongst the subtle spice. 

Considering that you can pick this wine up in a multi-buy for less than $14 in Australia, you could say good drinking does not necessarily cost more.  A good mid week wine, or one to settle into the weekend with.  It also is a delicious base for Beouf Bourguignon.

Quickie review « Juicy, spicy berry fruit with smooth silky texture. A wine for pleasurable drinking. »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date:  May 30th, 2015   Price:  $14+  Drink: now – 5 years  Needs food: no   Source: sample

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Reilly’s Barking Mad Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Barking Mad allows the Reilly’s crew to display their fun side. The team at Reilly’s are perhaps better known for producing solid performing, classic wines from the Clare Valley. If you are looking for a good Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a good bet with its sweet Ribena ripe fruit, chocolate, liquorice and earth. Some grippy tannins and warm alcohol add to the fuller body along with some charry oak that integrates with the fruit well and adds a marzipan nuance to the finish. A wine to enjoy with a relaxed meal and a chat.

Quickie review «warm bold, fruity red ready for action, it just needs a glass»

Country of Origin: Australia   Date:  January 2015   Price: AUD$16    Drink: now   Needs food: yes   Source: tasting

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Three Australian red wines that you will want this weekend…..


Majella Musician 2012 ($18)
– A Coonawarra gem that is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz. Lashings of blackcurrant and plum fruit are complemented with some soft vanilla and earthy dried herbs. Soft and silky, the musician is well integrated enough to enjoy its cheerful freshness now. Very quaffable.

Toppers Mountain 2011 Red Earth Child ($38) – Dusty spice add even more Read More

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Wine of the Month: Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz 2006


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Sourced from the Clare Valley, this sparkling shiraz is one that has its own tune – like an indy artist that is refreshingly different.   The layered and complex nose of blueberry Lindt chocolate, blackberry jam and chocolate coated liquorice is one to take time over. Once you take a sip, this wine leads you on a dance from fruit and nut chocolate to rich liquorice in mid palate and finishes with a flush of exotic brown spice and dried herbs.

Being a sparkling shiraz, it has all the soft sweetly ripe fruit, rich length and velvety tannins you could ask for although it finishes drier than most of its kind on offer at the moment. A refined sparkling shiraz that should grace your glass more often but when it comes to this wine, I am not one to share.

Date:  March 2014   Price:  $44+  Value: $$   Drink: Now – 5 years

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