An exceptional curation of reds from the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Bleasdale’s Trophy-winning Generations Malbec brings violets, blackberries, cream, satsuma plum, porcini mushrooms and spice. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannins is absolutely perfect. It is one of the best Aussie Malbecs ever made. No surprise perhaps, given Bleasdale have been growing Malbec since the late 1800s and produces about six different expressions of straight Malbec every year. Next up, a 97 point score for Richard Hamilton’s Little Road Shiraz. It offers dark fruits, spice, vanilla, aniseed, cedar and fine, chalky tannins. It actually looks quite a lot like its older brother, the Centurion Shiraz, which retails for $80 per bottle. More gold from Pindarie in the Barossa with their well-heeled blend of Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Shiraz. It is a deliciously perfumed, complex and spicy wine. Superb florals, red and blue fruits all emanate from the nose. Flavours of spice, licorice, thyme, and red and black fruits all abound, and it finishes with fine, firm tannins. Wirra Wirra’s Church Block also picked up a gold and 96 points. The Cabernet shines in this one which shows dark fruits and greenery along with a hint of stonefruit, spice and cedar. It’s reasonably powerful and finishes with ripe, waxy tannins you can almost chew on. We also have Lake Breeze’s Cab blend which screams Bordeaux, with blackcurrants, graphite and tobacco all joined by spearmint. Powerful, generous and eminently gluggable right now, this will also improve for a decade in the bottle. Finally, the Glenlofty Estate Shiraz is a powerful wine this, redolent of blackberries and graphite. We also found red fruits and black cherries and spice from the high-quality French oak. Excellent already after decanting, this also has a very long life ahead of it.