The 2020 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Red
An exceptional curation of red wines from the 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Two thirds of these wines were top in their class, two were Trophy winners and every single wine picked up at least one gold medal. Let’s talk about the winners first below.
Sometimes lightning strikes twice! Deep Woods Shiraz et al has, for the second consecutive year, won the trophy for Best Other Red Blend, an astonishing feat. This plush Margaret River amalgam of Shiraz and Malbec offers richness, spice, violets, smoked meats and herbs swallowed by voluptuous black fruits which are dried out just enough by plenty of acid and fine tannins. Bleasdale’s 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 produce 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, liquorice, 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. Finally, we 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.