Penfolds Grange 2017

December 16, 2021By Yvonne

Penfolds Grange 2017 $850 This is the 70th anniversary of one of the most famous wines in the world, an Australian treasure and in the words of Peter Gago, its custodian, it’s an example of “sticks and stones filtration” rather than anything manufactured or synthesised. It’s also only the 7th Grange to be comprised of … Read More

Dune McLaren Vale Tirari 2020

September 24, 2021By Yvonne

Dune McLaren Vale Tirari 2020 $26.99 With Coriole Vineyard family pedigree behind them, brothers Peter and Duncan Lloyd, this Blewitt Springs-grown blend of mourvèdre, negroamaro, grenache, touriga and a little bit of shiraz is all sorts of sippable. Smooth, spicy and berry-saturated, here’s a wine with real personality and charm and a long, plummy finish. … Read More

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

February 15, 2020By Yvonne

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 $30 I loved the 2016 vintage of this organically produced, biodynamically-grown wine, so I’ve been chomping and stomping to try the new release.  Made by winemakers Kimberly and James Cooter, this is a shiraz that is the opposite of those sweet, jammy, cheek-punchers on the supermarket shelves.  It’s the … Read More

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

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

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

Chalk Hill Sidetrack Mclaren Vale 2011

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Chalk Hill Sidetrack Mclaren Vale 2011 $27 ★★★½ This is a lush, spicy blend of shiraz and grenache which carries an exotic, slightly medicinal aroma that wraps around slightly earthy characters like prunes and pepper.  There’s also a lovely smoky, nutty note and a long, gently savoury finish. Winemaker Jock Harvey fashioned the Sidetrack in … 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

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

Pirramimma McLaren Vale Petit Verdot 2012

August 14, 2015By Yvonne

Pirramimma McLaren Vale Petit Verdot 2012 $32 ★★★★ Petit Verdot is one of just six permitted varieties allowed in Bordeaux, but it’s a rare find outside of France, and even more so as a single example.  With aromas of dusty tobacco leaf, white pepper, cherry and dried herbs, followed by blueberry and fruitcake spice flavours … Read More