Visitors From Down-Under

By / Wine + Drinks / August 13th, 2014 / 1

Last week I mention to you that I had a new niece (not my first mind you but this one is definitely the newest).

This week I finally got a chance to meet her, she lives in Australia with my sister and her husband; they all came back to Canada for a visit and stayed a few weeks. But alas they carried nary a bottle from Down Under for poor little me (maybe they had enough to carry with the baby and all [shrug]).

In honour of my visitors from the continent they call Oz I thought I’d look at some of the great bottles of Aussie wines I’ve had lately.

Two Hands 2012 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon ($25.95)

Two Hands makes big wine and this one is no exception, full of dark fruit with a lush middle: plum and vanilla dominate with a smoky toasty finish.

Magpie Estate 2010 The Sack Shiraz ($21.95)

Skip the nose and move right to the deliciousness of the palate: cassis, vanilla, smoke, spiced anise and bacon.

Wakefield 2012 Shiraz ($17.95)

When it comes to an Aussie-Shiraz that over-delivers it doesn’t get much better than this: juicy with savoury elements and lots of spiced fruit.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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