Most Wanted South Australia Shiraz 2017 $11.99

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. www.blackmarket.co.nz  

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

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 […]

Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2012 $43 (4.5 stars)

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 […]

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

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 […]

Penny’s Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2013

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 […]

Beresford Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

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 […]

Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

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

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 […]

Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2014

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 […]

Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012

Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012 $22 ★★★★ The inside of the glass is coated in a film of inky magenta-black on the first swirl, while on the nose it has what I can describe only as the smell of a large bowl of ageing plums and berries slowly fermenting inside a carpenter’s workshop – all earthy […]

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