Robert Oatley Chardonnay 2015

With the weather picking up again (at last!), it was time to break out the whites again this time a classy Robert Oatley,  Aussie Chardonnay from Margaret River.

Chardonnay still seems to get a bad press ( not with me I hasten to add) with a lot of bad overly oaked  and flabby offerings but if you get a good one there’s nothing better and having picked this bottle up from my local Co op store for £9.99  I must say it was worth every penny. Usually I’m on the hunt for offers and deals but this bottle is one of the few I’d happily pay full price for again and if it’s ever on offer I will probably be clearing the shelf.

So what’s it like, well, as you may have gathered I liked this a lot, in the glass it’s a very light straw colour with pronounced aromas of Peach, pear and apples with a hint of wood.

Taste wise is where this really shines, I got a mouthful of ripe peaches along with a slight creaminess although still remaining bright and fresh. There was also a mild saline quality which i really liked. The oak was there but not over the top and it just seemed beautifully balanced.

Brilliant with food or equally as good on its own, this was yet another wine I was tempted to give that elusive 9/10 corks but just can’t bring myself to press that last number on my keyboard, so I’m still waiting for that special bottle but this came pretty damn close again.

Heaven knows what a 10/10 will taste like, if I ever get there but the 9/10 is getting closer, roll on the next wine.

My rating 8.5/10 corks 

Co op £9.99

 

The Black Shiraz & The Hedonist

hedonistSunday roast lunch with family, a loopy dog and two very good Australian Shiraz’s, is there a better way to spend an afternoon to end the week, I think not.

The two Aussie bottles in question were the ‘Black Shiraz‘ and the ‘Hedonist’, been wanting to try the Black Shiraz for a while now ever since seeing it on the shelf of our local Co op after hearing good things in the press about it. Made in the Berton vineyards of SE Australia with its plain dark bottle with a pewter label and 14.5% abv, it just cries out powerhouse, the heavy metal of the wine world. The Hedonist completely different in looks but with the words ‘McLaren Vale’ on the label it was bound to be good, I hoped !

As it turned out both were very decent in their own way considering their differing price points, £7.49 and £13.99 The Hedonist being the dearer.

First bottle opened was the Black Shiraz, this was very dark in colour with pronounced aromas of blackberries and plums, the nose was really all about the intense fruit although not much else of note. Taste wise again dark plums with blackcurrants and a bit spice. The alcohol which at 14.5% was definitely noticeable giving a little heat on the back of the throat but the tannins were quite subtle. Overall this ended up being a lovely mouthful of  juicy mouth-watering black fruits, slightly sour with a kick of spice and for a high alcohol wine surprisingly drinkable.

Next the Hedonist made an appearance and everyone around the table thought this was a step up in quality although no one knew the price of either bottle but all guessed this was the more expensive. If the Black Shiraz was dark in colour this was almost inky and had a headier aroma with dark ripe fruits, liquorice, cocoa and vanilla. The taste was a lot more velvety and rich in texture, the fruit was slightly sweeter and there was a hit of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper spice, again the alcohol was high 14% but not as noticeable as the Black Shiraz. Everyone agreed this was a lovely wine.

In conclusion, the Hedonist was the outright winner but that’s not to say the Black Shiraz was that far behind and for £7.49 excellent value and I wouldn’t hesitate in buying it again but if you fancy spending double again the Hedonist is a fabulous wine and probably worth the extra, no, definitely worth the extra !

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The Black Shiraz

My Rating 8/10 Corks

Co op £7.49

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The Hedonist

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Waitrose £13.99

The Unexpected Red 2016

unexpected-redBack to my local Co op and a bottle I’ve picked up off the shelf many times and always ended up putting it back. maybe it’s the slightly odd looking label (more like a crime novel or a poster for a play) or maybe the fact that it’s bottled in the UK shipped from Australia usually arriving bulk packed in large plastic bags which kind of loses the appeal and magic for me. Anyway, this time I decided to give it a try as I have heard good things about it recently and as it turned out the wine itself was, as the label says unexpected.

This is made by Andrew Peace wines in Murray Valley, Victoria,  Australia and as I said earlier bottled in the UK. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagrantino, Merlot and Tempranillo and a price tag of around £6.

Darkish ruby-red colour in the glass with a very fruity aroma namely raspberries and cherries with a hint of maybe something flowery in the background. On first sip the tannins were fairly noticeable along with a slightly jammy sweet cherry flavour, there was a hit of spice and earthiness but the alcohol was evident coming in at 14% and could catch up with you pretty quickly if not careful.

The four varietals seemed to marry together well with a new one for me Sagrantino unique to Umbria (Central Italy) which I can’t recall tasting before.

The trouble with this wine was how easy it was to drink, there was nothing offensive about it and I think a lot of people would enjoy it as it proved when my daughters friend who was around at the time and a non red wine drinker tasted it and thought it was in her words, nice.

So overall this was an OK wine and a wine I would not turn down if offered again, for £5.99 (£1 off at the time of buying) it’s pretty much what you would expect from the unexpected.

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My Rating 7/10 Corks

Co op £6.99

Lindeman’s Bin 1355 Semillon

lindemans-semillonBought  a case of this very good Lindeman’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2013  from Majestic on their WIGIG (When its gone its gone) promotion for the bargain price of £4.99 a bottle, which in my opinion, turned out to be a bit of a steal.

I was alerted to this offer by a member of our wine forum who thought it was a decent drop for the price.

Would I have given Lindeman’s a second look in the past ? probably not but from the first sniff and sip I was totally sold.

I have enjoyed many Hunter Valley Semillon’s before especially the wonderful  McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 so this Lindeman’s had a lot to live up to.

In the glass it was a pale straw like colour with perhaps a slightly green hue, quite nice aroma of lemons, limes but with a pronounced whiff of petrol /oil even burnt rubber. I love this smell reminiscent of some Rieslings but it’s not for everyone and some people namely my wife found the petrol a step too far.

When taking my first sip this wine came to life with a hit of bracing mouth-watering fresh tasting acidity bursting with citrus fruits, namely lemons (think lemon curd) and limes again, which suggest that this Semillon will age for quite a while as in the excellent McWilliams mentioned above. The oily texture  was prominent which became more noticeable as the wine warmed up in the glass and if anything tasted the better for it, so I suggest not over chilling. The finish was not overly long but pleasant enough.

I’m definitely glad I picked up a case of this and I will drink them at various intervals seeing how it develops over time, if i gets anywhere near the quality of the McWilliams I’m on to a winner and at £4.99 what’s not to like.

8corks

My Rating 8/10 Corks

£4.99 at Majestic (WIGIG promotion)

 

Aldi Wine Club Taster

Aldiwineclub logoThis Month I have been lucky enough to be selected as an Aldi Wine Club Taster. This involves, in their words ‘ Every three months, we’ll be selecting 30 budding sommeliers to join the panel. If you’re chosen, each month for three months, we’ll send you two delicious wines to taste from our range and you’ll be tasked with reviewing each via a 140 character tweet using the dedicated #AldiWineClub hashtag.

Along with the wines, we’ll also send you a selection of tasting notes to help guide you through your wine tasting journey, as well as handy hints and tips to help you with your monthly reviews.’
I’m no stranger to Aldi wines and have been enjoying them now for a while and on the whole it’s been a pleasurable experience so I was excited to receive the first couple of wines. They arrived well packaged and protected and when opened I found a French Malbec and a Australian Rose, a good start.
The Malbec was a Vignobles Roussellet and the rosé was a Kooliburra from south eastern Australia.
So here are my thoughts in a bit more detail as it’s very hard to limit your review into a 140 character tweet.
Aldi MalbecVignobles Roussellet Malbec    My Rating 8/10 Corks
This is a cracking wine and at £4.39 a bottle a real genuine bargain . A French Malbec (with a touch of Merlot) with no vintage on the label, bursting with juicy blackberries,  blueberries, hint of spice, some sweetness and a little gamey. This is a uncompletcated easy drinking Malbec that is a Decanter Bronze medal winner and an International Wine Challenge winner in 2014 and for a change a wine that lives up to its awards especially considering the price.
Kooliburra Rosé    My Rating 7/10 Corks
I admit to not drinking a lot of rosé but every now and then I come across one that is pleasant enough and this falls into that category. This is a bottle from South Eastern Australia, again no vintage Quite a darkish salmon pink colour with aromas of Summer fruits especially strawberries and raspberries.
The strawberries follow through on the palate with a hint of creaminess, nice texture with a sweetness but not overly sweet or cloying.
Well chilled on a summers day this may well convert non rosé drinkers, I thought is was pretty good and so did everyone else around the table who tasted it.

Wakefield Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

Wakefield Shiraz 2014 (337 x 599)I first discovered this gem of a wine  at a Majestic ‘Winter tasting ‘ event back in November 2015.

Although not one of the wines on show, It happened to be sitting on their tasting counter along with one or two other pretty decent bottles, not sure how long it had been opened for but their was still half a bottle and over the course of the evening I must admit to revisiting this Aussie beauty a few times. There was slightly less than half a bottle by the end of the evening (Shhh, empty it was !! ) but I didn’t drink it all, honestly and I did end up buying a few bottles.

Made in the Wakefield Estate in the Clare valley this Shiraz was a teeth staining inky black in the glass with aromas of dark cherries and ripe plums with a whiff of mocha. On first sip the juicy ripe dark fruits are prominent and there’s a slight tarry flavour about it. Coffee beans and Vanilla also make an appearance with a spicy peppery finish.

A wine to enjoy with or without food, I actually drank this with some spicy lamb kebabs and it paired beautifully.

As you may have gathered I liked this a lot and for £8.99 on multi buy very good value for money and it’s one Shiraz I will be buying again.

8corks

 

My rating 8/10 Corks

£8.99 on Multi buy  @ Majestic

2up McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010

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Australia 14%

Kangarilla Road I reviewed earlier in the year is one of my favourite Shiraz’s and this 2up from the same winery, It’s their second label wine and although not quite reaching the heights of it’s bigger brother, it’s still very good.

The name 2up comes from a old Australian gambling game dating back to the beginnings of the Gold Rush mining days of the 1850’s in which two pennies are tossed up and bets are made on the way they fall.

Make a bet on this bottle you won’t be disappointed. When poured this was extremely dark in colour, almost inky black. Aromas wise, very fruity with rich ripe plums, cherries and a hint of strawberries, very chocolatey and full of spiced cinnamon and nutmeg.

Take a mouthful and straight away the dark fruits take over along with sweet subtle combination of French and American oak with mild well-balanced tannins. The spice comes through as well as that rich chocolate but doesn’t overpower and makes for a pretty smooth velvety wine.

A bit of a Aussie fruit bomb this may be but it’s easy to drink, with or without food, I drank this without food sitting in the garden early evening with friends and it was a delight, perhaps a little too easy though before I knew it the bottle was empty.

8corks

 

My Rating 8/10 Corks

Majestic – Around £7 on Multi Buy

 

Yalumba Butcher, Baker and Winemaker, dinner with Louisa Rose

 

yalumba logoA warm sunny evening and a pleasant stroll from Warwick Avenue underground station heading towards the Truscott Arms Maida Vale London where Yalumba were hosting their aptly named Butcher, Baker and Winemaker dinner with Yalumba chief winemaker Louisa Rose.

I remember visiting the Truscott Arms many times although it was Truscott Armsquite a few years ago now before its makeover and it was nice to return.

My wife and I were invited to the dinner courtesy of Tesco by submitting an online review of two of Yalumba wines the ‘Old Bush Vine Grenach 2013’ and the ‘Shiraz Viognier 2012’ and then Yalumba voting on the best reviews. (see reviews here).

On arrival around 7.00pm we were shown into the outdoor garden area for pre dinner drinks and canapes  where we were given a glass of ‘Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2014′ which was crisp and dry but still with a lovely creaminess giving a little weight. This is where we met fellow review winners along with the guys from Negociants UK and of course Louisa who we had a quick chat with before dinner.

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At 7.30pm we were shown to an upstairs dinning area where an impressively laid out table greeted us. After a few formalities and an introduction By Louisa Rose about  the wines we were drinking  our glasses were filled with the first selection of the ‘Eden Valley Viognier 2013’ and the ‘Old Bush vine Grenache 2013‘ to go with the first course Charcuterie. Both paired very well with a Yalumba Menu(337 x 599)slight preference for the Intense and aromatic Viognier which was full of ripe apricots and wonderful texture.

Next up was Halibut with a Rousanne reduction, grapes and Salsify accompanied by a crisp, slightly acidic and perfumed Roussanne in which, after a show of hands not many people in the room had tried before.

Beef Cheeks were next along with a couple of reds, the ‘Patchwork Shiraz 2013‘ and my star of the night the ‘Signature Cab Sauvignon Shiraz 2010‘ a superb blend full of fresh cherries and red currants, slightly dusty and tannic with a touch of menthol, (didn’t decline the offer of a refill ).

For dessert we were treated to another brilliant wine the ‘FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2014‘ Sweet but not cloying a perfect end to a perfect meal.

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Louisa introducing wines

Louisa was friendly and knowledgeable answering all our questions and it was brilliant to meet her personally. All in all another fantastic night eating, drinking and meeting the guys behind the wines we buy. Superb stuff.

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Ivorfan and Wife Agnes
ivorfan & Louisa Rose chief winemaker at Yalumba
ivorfan & Louisa Rose chief winemaker at Yalumba
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The Joys of Yalumba

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I first discovered the joys of Yalumba many years ago when I attended a wine show in London, I bumped into wine expert Oz Clarke at the event and chatted for a while, I must say he was very amiable and talked with great ease and enthusiasm about this wonderful liquid we all enjoy. I asked if he recommended any stands to visit and without hesitation he told me to try Yalumba. I remember the stand was packed and not knowing much about them the first wine I happened to try was the fantastic Octavius, which I was blown away by (before I realised the price). I went on to try many of their wines including the Signature, the Cigar, the Patchwork and probably my favourite to date the Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz.

So imagine my delight when I received a couple of their bottles (from Yalumba courtesy of Tesco) to take part in a taste panel to review two of their more affordable wines. Read on to find out what I thought of them…..

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013

Whenever I see the name on a bottle of wine I know instantly it’s going to be good and this Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013 is no different, even the bottle itself looks classy with its distinctive branding.

The wine itself when poured is a little translucent but still a vivid red colour, light to medium bodied and elegant looking in the glass with an intense aroma of red fruits especially cherries and red currants, kind of reminds me of cherry drop sweets I had as a kid. There was also a smokey herbal thing going on that was pleasant.
On first sip, again the red cherries are dominant with some raspberries but this time mixed with vanilla giving it a slight sweet taste although still with a bit of tartness and acidity making this a very subtle fruit bomb. Herbs and maybe some floral notes are also there with soft tannins and a terrifically long finish.

No surprises here, I liked it a lot and all the people I shared it with (some fussy) enjoyed it as well, even confirmed white wine drinkers. I would say another winner from the ever reliable Yalumba, I would recommend this whole heartedly.

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My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Tesco around £12

 

Yalumba Shiraz Viognier 2012

Another excellent offering this time from their ‘Y Series’, again a distinctive label with its snorting horse below the iconic Yalumba title.

In the glass red garnet like colour with heady aromas of really, really ripe cherries, red currants and raspberries. There was an essence of bacon fat (which i really liked) all mixed with a vanilla candy like smell much like those sweet candy cigarettes which don’t seem to be around now.

Taste wise, ripe sweet red fruits again as on the nose, cherries and raspberries, tannins were soft, there was a bright acidity with the addition of the Viognier giving more than a hint of flowery honeysuckle which was different but added to the overall enjoyment, all ending with a kick of peppery spice.

Another pretty decent wine from the ever reliable Yalumba, brilliant on its own or with food, either way a wine to remember.

8corks

 

My Rating 8/10 Corks

Tesco around £8 (currently on offer)

 

To sum up, two very good wines and both I would recommend with a slight preference for the Grenache. My thanks to Yalumba and Tesco for letting me try these and a big thank you to Oz Clarke for steering me in the right direction.

The Hedonist Shiraz 2013

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Australia 14%

The definition of a Hedonist is ‘a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker.’ and one of the ways of enjoying life is drinking a good bottle of wine.

I haven’t opened a Aussie wine now for a while and I must say it was nice to return to the sunny shores of our antipodean friends with this heady Shiraz from McLaren Vale made with grapes grown biodynamically without chemical intervention of pesticides or herbicides.

In the glass this wine is dark almost inky black, a wine you could dip the tip of a fountain pen in it a write a novel with. If you sniff hard enough there is some dark rich fruit there, mainly blackberries along with dark chocolate, spice and a little vanilla.

First taste this is a fruit powerhouse, juicy acidity, slightly jammy with blackberries, plums and white peppery spice. Sweet but also sour tasting with a woody vanilla flavour and grainy tannins. At 14% this is rich wine and very enjoyable, can cope with robust foods but can be equally drunk on its own.

A bit of a fruit bomb but a well made one and I wouldn’t hesitate in buying it again even at £14.

8corks My Rating 8/10 Corks

Waitrose around £14

 

 

An evening with Jacob’s Creek Winemaker Rebekah Richardson

jacobs creek logoWhat better way to spend a cold January evening than having dinner at the Happenstance restaurant London with Jacob’s Creek, hosted by their amiable winemaker Rebekah Richardson, courtesy of the Tesco Wine Community.

We Arrived a little early around 7.05pm (dinner for 7.30pm) after a stroll past St Paul’s Cathedral, the restaurant was very busy a lively and loud but fortunately we were shown to an impressive private function room downstairs where we were met by the guys from Jacob’s Creek.

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Quick Photocall with Rebekah and a glass of Jacobs Creek Sparkling Shiraz

Jacobs creek 1My wife and I were one of the first to arrive and we were introduced to Rebekah over a glass of Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot noir. After a few minutes the other guests from the Tesco Wine Community started to arrive and after more introductions we eventually proceeded to sit at the table.

Before starting the food Rebekah introduced herself and gave us a quick explanation of the wines we were going to taste alongside the food. The Menu was three courses starting with Chicken Satay in which Rebekah chose two wines to pair with, the first was their Fiano 2013 and the other was Twin Pickings Sauvignon Blanc/Moscato 2013. I must admit out of the two I preferred the Fiano especially as the Chicken was a little on the fiery side and the crisp tangy freshness as well as the stony fruit of the Fiano quenched the spices.

 

 

 

 

Twin Pickings SauvignonBlanc/Moscato which was low in alcohol (8.5%) was a little on the sweet side for me but saying that it was the majority favourite around the table.

After a few refills of each of our favourite whites the main course of Steak & chips arrived along with fresh glasses filled with the next wine duel, which was Sangiovese 2013 v’s Reserve Shiraz 2012. For me this was harder to decide as I liked them both with a slight preference for the Shiraz. The Sangiovese was full of aromas of fresh sour red berries and raspberries, taste wise red berries again with a slightly herbally dry finish, very drinkable. The Shiraz had a bit more depth with a hit of vanillary oak and spices along with dark plums and dark Chocolate, this time the majority favourite around the table was the Shiraz.Jacobs creek 10 Both paired beautifully with the steak.

Jacobs creek 12Finishing off with chocolate brownie, Ice cream and raspberries Rebekah gave us a glass of Sparkling Shiraz to accompany, this was something different and most people seem to enjoy, not sure it was quite what the dessert needed but as I said it was different, pleasant enough and well worth trying.

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Chicken Satay Starter
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Steak & Chips Main Course

Jacobs creek 8The evening was (as usual for these Tesco Community events) superb, big thanks to Jacob’s Creek and to Rebekah for being a fantastic and knowledgeable host.  Great meeting some of the new members of the community, my only regret was that we had to leave early to get the train back home at a reasonable time as we both had work the next day.

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Wolf Blass Silver Label Chardonnay 2013

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Walk down any supermarket wine aisle and you will see the bright Red and Yellow labels of the unmistakeable Wolf Blass wines, these are the more popular due to their good value, other label colours include Silver, Gold, Grey, Brown , Black and the ultimate Platinum.

On a recent supermarket bargain hunt I spotted a Wolf Blass Silver label Chardonnay at a very good discounted price of £6 (normally retailing for around £12.99). I don’t tend to buy a lot of Wolf Blass but the ones I have tasted in the past have always been on the whole, enjoyable.

So after a few days and with a meal of Sea Bass fried potatoes and veg on the menu it was time to open the fridge (the wine fridge that is, in the shed) and rummage through the chilled bottles for an appropriate selection and I decided on the WB 2013 Silver Label Chardonnay.

In the glass it was a pale straw like colour with maybe a tinge of green, sticking my nose in the glass there were aromas of ripe citrus fruit including pineapple, banana and custard, really was an enticing smell.

Taking a sip there was a flintiness with sharp zesty flavours of ripe tropical fruits, although the tasting notes I’ve seen for this suggested subtle oak, I thought there was a hefty kick of vanilla and it had a creaminess about it and a complexity that made it stand out.

It complemented the Sea Bass brilliantly and ended up being a really enjoyable drink with food, maybe this is a food wine but I could quite happily drink this on its own, you may not agree if you don’t like in your face slightly intense Chardonnay, for me though this was pretty decent and at £6 what’s not to like.

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Various around £12

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet – 2011

Koonunga 2011(450 x 600)Whenever you hear or see Penfolds what’s the first thing that springs to mind? is it the 80’s cartoon series Danger Mouse, for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about it was a popular kids cartoon about a super hero mouse and his bumbling assistant Penfold. No, well maybe it’s just me.

Anyway the bottle in question is the Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, (still hearing the Danger Mouse theme tune) . Although It’s been a while since I drank any Penfolds and I’d forgotten that they are, pretty decent wines.

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Danger Mouse Sidekick – Penfold

This was the 2011 vintage which by all accounts wasn’t a great one (lots of rain) causing the wines to be a little less fruity in flavour. In the glass, very deep inky colour with muted aromas of dark ripe berries, a little floral, herby and smokey. Taste – Medium to full bodied, rich with some jammy sweetness but with a bitter liquorice finish and some pretty grippy tannins.

Needed some time in the glass to fully enjoy but never the less a pretty good entry level Penfolds and a definite buy again.

 

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Various around £7-£9

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2009 – McLaren Vale

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Australia 14%

Kangarilla Road great name great looking bottle, bought six of these a few years ago, this is the last one and unlike me they get better and better with age.

Named after the road that runs into the small village of Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, South Australia, its name translates from the Aborignal word meaning ‘an abundance of local resources’.

In Its boutique style black bottle and label this is a classy Shiraz that won’t disappoint (unless you happen not to like Shiraz).

As soon as the cap is unscrewed and the wine is poured this very dark inky liquid settles causing an aroma of rich ripe berries, sweet spices and vanilla to leap out of the glass leading up to a heady and pleasurable ‘Mmmmm’ .

Taste wise my first thoughts were of liquidised Black Forest Gateaux, velvety tannins and a rich smoothness . Ripe and I mean really ripe dark berry fruits coat the mouth with vanilla, sweet menthol spices and dark chocolate, this really was a lovely tasting wine.

As you probably gathered I like this wine a lot and as I search for the elusive 9 or maybe 10 corks out of ten this almost makes my first 9 but not quite, if I could I would give it 8.75 but 8.5 it has to be. So my quest for the 9 & 10 corks continues. Sorry for all those numbers in this paragraph sounds like a maths equation.

Big thumbs up for this Aussie beauty then, good on ya !

8.5corksMy rating huge 8.5/10 Corks

Majestic  around £14