An eclectic and exceptional bunch of reds this. Here’s what had the Tasting Panel humming kumbaya as we tasted each of them...
Two Sisters Shiraz 2016
97pts Kim Brebach
The 2015 edition was a stunner, earning the following praise from wine writer Kim Brebach... "96++ points. Penfolds would charge $200 for a wine like this." The 2016 is even better, offering intense black and blue fruits, spice and perfectly integrated oak. Brilliant drinking now and over the next 10-15.
Mr Riggs Burnt Block Shiraz 2016
95pts Nick Butler (rated 5th from 154 McLaren Vale Shiraz judged)
This is a vibrant wine, combining power with lifted, bright blue and black fruits. There’s complexity already and compelling acidity pummelling fruit from the tip of your tongue to a long finish. This is superb.
Deep Woods Ebony Shiraz Cabernet 2017
Trophy, 3 Gold Medals
Held within a svelte, medium to full body is a surprisingly generous amount of fruit flavour, where bright currants mix with rich and concentrated hits of Damson Plum. Fruit and acid are elegantly finished with fine tannins.
Olivers Taranga DJ Cabernet 2016
95pts James Halliday
Decant, decant, decant and merely very good becomes absolutely stunning in this fitting tribute to Oliver’s Taranga vigneron Don Oliver. Is Don is good, in fact, is very, very good. Strong chocolate, rich blackberry and earth are bound with a firm hand of tannin and generous body. Magnificent. Vines were planted in 1973.
Heirloom Anevo Fortress 2018
95pts Decanter World Wine Awards, 95pts Kim Brebach
Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyard. We saw musk, plum skin, spice, cherries, earthiness, Earl Grey tea, blackberry, and black pepper. A sense-enveloping and incredibly beguiling wine finished with a dusting of fine powdery tannins. Magical.
Hardy’s Insignia Shiraz 2017
92pts Kim Brebach
A rich, medium-bodied and fruit intense McLaren Vale Shiraz this, offering plums, chocolate, black cherries and a spicy lick of oak. The fruit intensity is bolstered by plenty of juicy acidity and the tannins are fine and quite soft. It will cellar well for a few years but there ain’t no need for such malarkey, just rip off the lid and enjoy this fruity beast now.
After Five Wine Co. Serata 2017
95pts James Halliday, 94pts Campbell Mattinson, 94pts Wine Showcase Magazine
This is an exceptional single vineyard wine. The Shiraz was matured in 20% new French oak with the Aglianico and Monte seeing only older oak. Looks great the day of opening and even better the next day variously highlighting cherries, Turkish delight, herbs, plums and liquorice. Delightful drinking already, this will also reward a decade in the cellar.
After Five Wine Co. Shiraz 2017
96pts James Halliday, 95pts Campbell Mattinson, 94pts Wine Showcase magazine, Gold Medal
A brilliant single vineyard Barossa Shiraz brought to you by the Purple Hands team, made by Grant Burge Chief Winemaker Craig Stansborough from fruit off his own vines. Great colour and depth fruit here with dark chocolate coating raspberries, plum and liquorice. Great intensity and depth.
Penna Lane Cabernet 2017
93pts Kim Brebach
This is a stunning varietal Cabernet built for the long haul. An hour or two of breathing sees a beautiful perfume emerge which coalesces with rich fruits to form a complex palate packed with violet, blackcurrant, earth and tomato leaf. Perfect with a big lump of protein. Drink any time over the next 15 years.
Richard Hamilton Ghost Hill Shiraz 2019
95pts Kim Brebach
Single Vineyard Shiraz produced from 50 year old vines. There is an exuberant perfume of plums along with white pepper on the nose. The palate is fruit intense with excellent length and superfine tannins. Great now but has a long life ahead of it.
Thorn Clarke Eden Trail Shiraz 2017
94pts James Halliday, 92pts Kim Brebach
A tight, medium to full-bodied Shiraz which blows a lot of much more expensive reds out of the water. There’s dark cherry, Christmas cake spice, red apple, cedar, pepper and a truckload of refined but seriously intense fruit.
Martins Limited Shiraz 2016
97pts Sam Kim, 95pts James Halliday
Medium to full bodied, this offers exceptional clarity of blue and black fruits... drink any time over the next 10 years.
No awards to date
It’s not flavoursome per se... and can’t be drunk - no not even if you vitamise it together with a bottle of your fave Shiraz. That said, it will keep at least some of the stains off while you BBQ some gourmet snags, short ribs or refresh the back deck. Bonus!