Young & Co The Jam McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

August 18, 2019By Yvonne

Young & Co The Jam McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 ($17.99) The shiny, new Young & Co ‘The Jam’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 ($17.99) provides a perfect pairsome with anything featuring roast beetroot.  Boasting buckets of dark berryfruit, cocoa and espresso layers, peppery punchiness and fresh, feisty acidity and caramelised, smoky, oaky notes – it’s a … Read More

Most Wanted South Australia Shiraz 2017 $11.99

August 14, 2018By Yvonne

Most Wanted South Australia Shiraz 2017 $11.99 If you’re looking for an uncomplicated, easy-to-quaff, blackcurrant and plum-fest then turn off the torch and grab a bottle of this to please the crowds.  Simple berry and cherry flavours merge with a hint of liquorice and fruitcake spices to bring an easy-peasy, don’t-even-think-about-it sip.  

Reynella Basket Press McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 $40 ★★★★

April 6, 2017By Yvonne

Alongside the bog standard technical stuff written on the notes that accompanied my sample of this bottle (things like acidity, alcohol, pH etc…) the winemaker has added ‘Occasion = Late Night’.  I concur.  Dark chocolate, seasoned leather, cigar box and blackcurrant compote notes followed by cockle-warming, juicy, spiciness on the finish, makes this the perfect … Read More

Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2012 $43 (4.5 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

When wines like this arrive at the Lorkin office, I do my happy dance.  I’d never make the cast of Limbs, or be given a place in Parris Goebel’s Royal Family, but my enthusiasm more than makes up for the lack of coordination.  This shiraz absolutely bursts with clean, peppery spices. It’s also awash with … Read More

NOW by Paxton McLaren Vale Organic Shiraz 2016 $30 (4 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

The name stands for ‘Natural Organic Wine’ and in this these guys have been making organic, preservative-free wines since WAY before it was cool.  Here you’ve got a bright, vibrant, floral-fest of a shiraz which has a long, liquorice-like layer through the mid-palate.  It’s not sweet and jammy as many South Australian shiraz’s can be … Read More

Penny’s Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2013

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Penny’s Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2013 $25 ★★★★½ Named after the way that the soils dry out so much they crack and break the roots of the vines (which is actually a good thing because it controls the natural vigour of the vine) this shiraz has all those desirable pepper, liquorice, cocoa dust and cherry-berry … Read More

Beresford Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

January 11, 2016By Yvonne

Beresford Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 $20 ★★★½ Who doesn’t love a big, rich, Australian shiraz that radiates ripe, dark, dusty berries, sweet plum and chocolate?  This is one of those wines that I warmed to straight away because the price is right and it held it’s flavours for a decent length of time … Read More

Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz 2014 $18.50 ★★★★ Wow!  Steady yourself for intense clove and Christmas cake spices on the nose alongside heady florals and sweet sandalwood notes.  In the mouth it is smooth, fleshy and generously fruity, oozing berries and chocolate characters.  It’s outstanding value and deeply satisfying.  Widely available.  

Mr Riggs ‘The Truant’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

Mr Riggs ‘The Truant’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 $17.99 ★★★½ If you like your shiraz with meat on its bones then this will be an instant hit.  Deeply earthy on the nose and showing ultra-ripe plum, blackcurrant, smoky tar and molasses complexity in the mouth – it’s a rich, peppery wine and a meal in … Read More

Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2014

November 24, 2015By Yvonne

Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2014 $19 ★★★★ Fruit sourced from old vines in the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Lower Murray regions have been used to create this wine, which is glossy and dark in the glass and saturates the mouth and nostrils with ripe, rumpty raspberry and cherry notes before being boosted by blackcurrant and a … Read More