Clearing the 2016 archive this week shiraz blends

Anaperenna by Ben Glaetzer Barossa Valley Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: A big lad, but it’s well-toned muscle that ripples with health and vitality. 94 points and a top price at $52, but there are many who will enjoy this wine hugely and think it well worth it.

GMH ‘Family Selection’ South Australia Red Blend 2014: Apparently a blend of shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It’s a good blend and works well. 93 points and an OK price at $20. 

Dub Style No 5 Re-Mix 2014: A blend of shiraz and Grenache that is easy all the way. Light but not weak, it has body and hints of power, and a good finish too. 93 points and a bargain at $20

d’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ McLaren Vale Shiraz-Viognier 2012: This has a row of gold medal stickers across the bottle. From which shows they come doesn’t really matter once it’s tasted. It’s certainly gold medal quality. I gave it 94 on tasting and think it well worth $30. Checking the price on Dan Murphy’s website, I note James Halliday gave it 95. It is rich plum and mulberry flavours with well-balanced tannin and acid. A truly great wine.

Wallace by Ben Glaetzer Barossa Valley Shiraz-Grenache 2015: The tasting was close to Christmas and the influence may have been the time of year, but this had a fruit/spice nose reminiscent of Christmas pudding in the making. Deep, rich and gorgeous in the journey and long on the finish. 94 points and value at $23.

Greedy Sheep Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot 2012: This is a wine with age and shows how a year or three in bottle can be of benefit to a wine. It’s integrated. All is harmony, the flavours blending and complementing each other. The wine was only a disappointment when the bottle was finished and friends asked if I had more. 94 points and great value at $24.

Greedy Sheep ‘Single Vineyard’ Margret River Cabernet Merlot 2013: The owners, fellow wine writers and readers are welcome to contradict me, but I tasted this and the above wine together and there wasn’t a great deal of difference. This is as good, so gets the same 94 points, but while the above is available, go for it. Then again, $30 is not unreasonable.

Claymore ‘London Calling’ Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2015: This is a 75-25 blend and works wonderfully. It’s full of up-front fruit, as so often the Claymore wines are, but it’s far from fur coat and no knickers. There is plenty of elegant silk and satin underpinning the fruit. 94 points and value at $20.

Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz 2013: A deceptive wine. Easy, soft and gentle on entry, but as it unfurls while travelling across the palate it shows depth, and requires thought to bring out its best. It also has length. The flavours linger long after swallowed. 94 points and good value for $19 at Dan’s.

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