Sourced from three premium Yarra Valley vineyards and matured in French oak, this one offers sound varietal character showing dark cherry with subtle spice, fine-grained tannins, a touch of oak and good weight and balance. Well-integrated, with medium-long finish.
If you like bold red wines with body and heft, try this Barossa Shiraz 2016. Dense purple in colour, it exudes a spicy, smoky, savoury bouquet of blackberries and black cherries. It’s full-bodied, fruit-driven and chewy – a wine for pepper steak or rich casseroles. Worth cellaring for a couple of years to allow the tannins to soften.
Biscaya is a bisque, and this savoury wine takes its name from the hardy regional dish. This is a cofermented field blend of organic Lagrein, Teroldego, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from the low hills of Lake Neusiedl, near Rust, and from vines averaging 25 years in age. The palate is thick with glycerol, enabling this streamlined wine to glide with pomegranate, red currents, pomegranate and cherries to a tangy, spiced finish. This is confidently idiosyncratic, serious with a bump of sugar, and it works.
A gorgeous Chardonnay from South Australia. Light straw in colour with a spicy apple and citrus nose showing some barnyard notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted tropical fruit flavours with a tangerine note on the finish.
Black cherry, sarsaparilla, boysenberry blackcurrant jam, lined with a thick layer of mint in this juicy, full-bodied Western Australia cabernet. Tannins are structural and dense, shellacked with anise, but lifted with a shine of tart rhubarb acidity. Sourced from several vineyards in Mt. Barker, each lot was fermented and aged for 18 months in new and used French oak.
This youthful, compact wine requires a lengthy decant now, or better yet, a few years in the bottle. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon is joined with 13% Malbec and two% Petit Verdot before one year in French oak (13% new). Savoury and brooding, with dusky cherry, blackcurrant, anise, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate and a slick of mint on the full-bodied palate. Tannins are sticky and the end is warm and cedar lined; this structural, tightly knit wine needs time to mature, or a pairing with lamb or beef now.
We don’t see many Shiraz from Western Australia in our market so this is really worth trying, especially at the price. Dense purple-ruby in colour, it offers a cedary, spicy nose of white pepper and blackberries. Full-bodied, firmly structured with fruity blackberry and blackcurrant flavours carried on lively acidity, it’s somewhat high in alcohol (14.7%) with a tight tannic finish. Excellent value.