Until the early 2000’s, Wolf Blass Black Label was the pinnacle of the Wolf Blass line which sported those quirky coloured tombstone shaped labels. Then came Platinum Label, a straight varietal Shiraz. A departure for the eponymous brand founded by the winemaker with the moniker of ‘the Master Blender’. Wolfgang Blass himself.
It gives a sense of continuity that this new pinnacle of the extensive Wolf Blass range is back to the original formula of a blend, albeit from a single vineyard rather than a blend of regions as well as varieties. This time 61% Cabernet and 39% Shiraz as opposed to the 51% Cabernet / 49% Shiraz varietal composition of the current 2010 vintage of Black Label. Read More
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While Coonwarra is not the only region in Australia that has great Cabernet on offer, it is often one of Australia’s regions that is best known internationally. As it should be too, as the regional style is softly spoken fruit melded with powdery tannins. Read More
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When the Dougos family purchased this vineyard, these old vines were already established. These low yielding, bush trained vines are now 50-63 years old. The traditional Rapsani PDO wines are a blend of Xinomavro and two other red grapes: Krasato and Stavroto, that are grown exclusively in Rapsani PDO.
After spending around 20 months in French and American oak barrels, only a third of which was new, the purple hued red is spicy and fresh at heart. Fragrant pepper, liquorice, vanilla caramel and a pinch of garden herbs add complexity to the red cherry fruit. It is a nose that keeps evolving as it opens up. Read More
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There 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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Hardys have just released two new dry grown vineyard McLaren Vale reds under the Tintara Horseshoe Row label.
Hardys Tintara Horseshoe Row Shiraz 2013 ($18) – The shiraz has plenty of regional personality on show from the rich raspberry jam, black cherry, liquorice, violets and pepper to the creamy cinnamon oak. Fuller bodied, smooth tannins with just enough peppery fruit length to be able to enjoy this wine without food as well. Good drinking for red lovers looking for value.
Hardys Tintara Horseshoe Row Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($18) – An easy drinking Cab with varietal black Read More
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