The next decade
Continuing the shiraz theme, from wines under $20 to wines in the $20-something range, the following 10 reviews are for wines ranging from $30 to $39 a bottle. They are listed in vintage order. Four of the wines are from McLaren Vale, with the remaining six from different regions. They cover three vintages, from 2012 to 2014. The points are tight, from 93 to 95.
Like the points prices are tight, six of the wines are $35 and one is $34, so that can go into the same bracket the remaining three are $30.
Shingleback ‘The Gate’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012: Liquid gold. I think little more need be said. It’s a beautiful expression of the Vale’s shiraz and the art of winemaking. 95 points and worth $35.
Zonte’s Footstep ‘Baron Von Nemesis’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013: Black fruit on both nose and entry. It’s gorgeous fruit on the entire journey, with enough texture to make it interesting. 93 points and on the pricey side at $35.
Valentino Heathcote Shiraz 2013: Clean on the nose and lighter in style, but that doesn’t translate to lighter if flavour. The flavours are interesting and varied. The only criticism I had was they were very short-lived, and needed to be searched for. 93 points and $35 is the top end of this wine’s price scale.
St Mary’s Limestone Coast Shiraz 2013: Rather a delectate wine, with plenty of flavour, but it doesn’t push itself. A very pleasant glass, 93 points and worth its $30.
Mitolo ‘Angela’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014: It smells good, incredibly good, rich and full of temptation. I was tempted. It sits dark and brooding, a sultry beauty, curling and unfurling highly polished claws. It’s a slow, sexy stroll across the palate. 95 points and well worth $35.
Sandalford ‘Estate Reserve’ Margaret River Shiraz 2014: These Reserve wines are a treat. Quality is extremely high, and the pleasure of drinking extremely high also. Let’s leave it at that. 94 points and you won’t be disappointed spending $35.
Parker Estate ‘Terra Rossa’ Coonawarra Shiraz 2014: Tight to start but opens as it travels. Flavours are short at the moment, but I’m sure they will develop with age. A mean 93 now but more points down the track and $34 is a good price.
Mount Avoca ‘Back Block’ Pyrenees Shiraz 2014: Earthy on the nose, tart fruits, plums etc on the palate. Started slow but filled out, indeed blossomed, on its journey. The finish was wonderful. 95 points and well worth $35.
Mr Riggs ‘Piebald’ Adelaide Syrah 2014: The notes say “the nose displays flirtatious violet notes”. Not so sure about flirtatious but the violet is there, and it is gorgeous. Smooth across the palate but far from weak. It has a firmness or strength of character that pleases all the way. 95 points and well worth $30.
Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014: A well of dark, rich flavours that can be drawn up one at a time or several together. It’s pure pleasure to swirl it around the mouth, and the final swallow is delightful. 94 points and worth $30.