A handful of NSW Shiraz

five winesA handful of NSW Shiraz

Pig in the House Cowra Shiraz 2014: It’s on the lighter side but no weakling and very enjoyable to drink. 91 points. $25 pushes it up the price scale but it is organic, so worth the money.

Stockman’s Ridge Orange Region Shiraz 2014: Light but extremely approachable and no faults on its journey. 91 points and OK value at $23.

Three Ponds ‘Holman’ Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014: Savoury Hunter nose and that dark undercurrent of English hedgerow, it gets me every time. Very grown-up taste, with a lovely bitter edge and a finish that, well, doesn’t. It goes on forever. Still young, so 93 points now with more to come, and it is worth $55.

Lowe ‘Block 8’ Mudgee Organic Shiraz 2012: There’s a great earthy quality to this wine that carries the richer fruit flavours with ease. It’s very enjoyable. 94 points and worth the $34 asked. For those into organic, it’s well worth it.

Huntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2011: Winemaker Tim Stevens says this is a wine made to age. I agree. He also says Mudgee and Huntington Estate wine “has some of the best, most interesting and least understood tannins in Australia.” Maybe so, but I haven’t noticed them as any different to any other region, so accept I must be lacking in understanding. What I did notice, and again perhaps misunderstood, was excessive oak, or tannin. Anyhow, I put the wine to one side and decanted it. Then it was better drinking. 92 points and fair value at $25.

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