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There are plenty of new wines to winedirect.com.au here, so let's focus on them first. Pirramimma War Horse Shiraz is the flagship of the Pirramimma label. It is full bodied and chock-full of liquorice, blackberry, plum, mint and spice. It will need 5 or more years to start to see its potential, but a couple of hours decanting will give you a glimpse. The other wines from Pirramimma are also super impressive - the Cab Sauv Petit Verdot Merlot blend pits the big, black PV against some soft, smooth Merlot but the Cabernet is definitely the starring character in the blend. The other is a Grenache Tannat Shiraz blend which is a lighter style by Pirramimma standards (read, still pretty big) - complex black cherry, chocolate, cedar and peppery spice goodness. The Alpha Crucis Shiraz has picked up 96 points from James Halliday and showcases plum, tar, and perfectly balanced fine grained tannins from 15 months in high quality oak. Sublime! The Martin’s Limited Series Shiraz continues to feature in our offerings, we struggle to go past its amazing balance between smooth black and blue fruits and velvety tannins. High scores of 97, 95 & 94 prove we're not alone in our praise.
There are five stunners from the Barossa Valley featured in this pack. The Hesketh Resurrection Barossa Valley Shiraz is all class - black fruit, plum and chocolate packaged with liquorice and a lick of subtle oak in the background. Very well made by Phil Lehmann. Also from the Barossa, the Pindarie Western Ridge Shiraz is a little lighter in style and in its ideal drinking window. Cherry and blue fruit dominate a classy palate with a hint of smoked meats on the nose. Cedary tannins round it out. Staying in the Barossa, the Purple Hands 2017 Grenache is the best we have seen from them - blue and red fruit aplenty with spice and stunning length. The Colab & Bloom Barossa Valley Grenache we tasted on the same day as the Purple Hands. Wowee! Medium bodied with perfumed red fruit that is intense but in no way dense. A perfect example of Grenache made by a true Grenache enthusiast, Mike Farmilo. The ever-faithful Butchers Block Red Blend from Turkey Flat rounds out the Barossa constituency with 94pts from James Halliday to boot - medium bodied for Barossa SGM, but with generous red and black fruits with the oak playing a very minor role.
Over to the Adelaide Hills and we have a reserve Cabernet Shiraz from Chain of Ponds with 95 points from Sam Kim under its belt - plums, blackberries, spice and fine tannins round out an impressive Adelaide Hills red. The final wine in the selection is a Coonawarra Shiraz from Penley Estate. Brooding dark fruits and earthy ferrous notes lifted with spice. This is a well-structured and intensely flavoured Shiraz. For pure variety of choice, you can’t go past this pack!