2up McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010

2up2

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

 

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2009 – McLaren Vale

kangarilla 2009(450 x 600)

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