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

Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012

November 24, 2015By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2009

August 8, 2012By Yvonne

PENFOLDS BIN 28 KALIMNA SHIRAZ 2009, $29  The Bin 28 Kalimna is the oldest of all the Penfolds Bin series wines and there’s no surprise as to why it’s stayed a firm favourite for generations. I love the sweet, spicy, vanilla-infused oak and concentrated plum, boysenberry and smoky notes in this wine. It’s warm, velvety … Read More

Wynns Wines and Hard Rock Shiraz

October 11, 2011By Yvonne

Wynns has been around since the dawn of the dingoes and Kiwi’s have long been huge fans.  When I asked around my local traps (the school mums, supermarket checkout ladies, the lotto man, the rural post driver, the plumber and the sparky), about the first red wines they ever tried, this reliable, cuddly Coonawarra brand … Read More

Brown Brothers Shiraz 2009

August 14, 2011By Yvonne

Brown Brothers Shiraz 2009 $18  A classic, super-drinkable shiraz  from Australia’s oldest family-owned winery.  Stewed plum, pepper and roast beef aromas lead to a ripe, spicy mouthfeel which makes it very easy to drink.  Regularly discounted to $13 – $15 in supermarkets, it represents fantastic value for money and definitely won’t disappoint.  Widely available