Fabulous South Australian Shiraz blends

South Australian shiraz blends,

woman girlA mixed dozen: three from the mighty Pernod Ricard company, two from the Barossa Valley, five from McLaren Vale, one from the Tatiara District and one claiming overall South Australian pedigree.

Jacob’s Creek ‘Reserve Barossa Signature’ Shiraz Cabernet 2014: Good Barossa richness on the top notes with more austere savoury character riding underneath. Translate? A rather good drop. 93 points and well worth the $15 that Dan’s asks for it.

Jacob’s Creek ‘Double Barrel’ Limestone Coast Shiraz Cabernet 2012: As with the previous wines in the Double Barrel series, one can taste there is a little something extra, but I for one can’t pin it. Not that I care, as the end result is a wine of good depth, wonderful length and intriguing flavours. If I am getting something that is not on the palate, perhaps it’s on the aftertaste. Let the wine linger without clearing the palate and see what you find. For me an easy 93 points and good value at $24 from 1st Choice.

St Hugo Barossa Valley-Coonawarra Shiraz Cabernet 2012: A wine that requires some thinking about. The nose is an absolute delight; the palate pure enchantment as the flavours of both grape varieties twist, turn and entwine to form a wine of stunning character. I note other reviewers have given points in the 90s, but I’m way up in the 90s at 96, with one or maybe two more to come. Outstanding value at under $40.

St John’s Road ‘Workhorse’ Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2014: Beautifully scented and succulent in the mouth, it is what it is, and what it is, is wonderful. 94 points and outstanding value at $22.

Wallace by Ben Glaetzer Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache 2014: It coats the mouth in one sip but let it dissipate and character starts to show through. It has a softness that holds great appeal to many, but I find cloying. However, it’s still a 92-point wine and in the right price bracket at $23.

Mr Riggs ‘Three Corner Jack’ McLaren Vale Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot 2014: Fills the mouth with flavour then tumbles plum over blackcurrant to finish smooth. Good, easy wine to drink on all occasions. 91 points and good value at $17.

Inkwell ‘Road to Joy’ McLaren Vale Shiraz Primitivo 2013: Deep, sensual and indeed there is joy on the final swallow, as the journey is in harmony. 94 points and cheap at $26.

Zonte’s Footstep ‘Z-Force’ McLaren Vale Shiraz Petite Sirah 2012: It’s impressive. One cannot deny that. It stands out in a crowd; no shrinking violet or wilted cabbage, this wine. It’s chewy, ripe, rich and full of power, yet at 14.5 per cent is not a monster in alcohol terms, just big. To be honest I’m not sure what to make of it. I can taste and mark, but I’m not sure I would want to share a bottle with a mate. 93 points and I think pricy at $50, but it may be more justified with age.

D’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2011: Earthy on the nose and savoury on the palate, it’s rather feral. Whatever this magpie has had its beak in, it’s been around a while. This is rather a grown-up wine; no soft suckling at this breast. 94, and for those into wine it’s well worth $29.

D’Arenberg ‘d’Arry’s Original’ McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2013: A great old favourite that never fails to hit the right spot. 92 points and good value at $18.

Mezzo Tatiara District Shiraz-Mataro 2015: The blend works well, with the sweeter shiraz given edge by the more robust Mataro. 91 points and OK value at $18.

Yalumba ‘Y series’ South Australia Shiraz Viognier 2014: A pleasing, well-rounded glass of wine that has enough edge to it for interest. 91 points and good value at the recommended $13. Fantastic value at Dan’s, where it’s only $9.

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