Let’s be honest. There is a lot of shiraz out there. Heaps to pick from whether it be from the Barossa Valley (like this one), Hunter Valley, Coonawarra, Heathcote and even Tasmania (a Jimmy Watson Winner from here in 2011). Extending that honesty, some will seem so much the same in many a punters eye. Sometimes a shiraz comes along that actually makes you stop and think, “Whoa, hang on. What do we have here?!” One that makes you realise, “This has got something a bit different and I like it.” I reckon this means so much more when it’s a shiraz from the Barossa Valley.
This is a touch under thirty bucks to buy from the website. I think this is significant considering what you are about to read.
Lovely, lovely deep colour. I don’t know if something can look delicious but, let me tell you, this does. If there was anything that was obviously Barossa to me it was the aromas. Darkish fruits, pretty intense too. Violets are present as well. Mmmmm, looking really good so far.
It has a really good, dense, rich palate. Black fruits, licorice/aniseed and there is something like a choc coated dark cherry flavour too. I’ve made it sound like it’s a big wine. It is but isn’t. It has great fruit yet there is a certain elegance about it. It has good length too and this is where the tannins show themselves but this told me it has a good future. This is a bargain Barossan beauty if you ask me.
Region: Barossa Valley, SA Price: $29.95 Source: Online purchase (sort of)