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Yellow Tail – Shiraz

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia

Oh dear. As a big fan of Australian shiraz wines, I really wanted to like this one (especially because Yellow Tail has consistently produced fantastic merlots). Unfortunately, I find this Shiraz too grainy on the tongue, which is perhaps what happens when the boss’ nose wants to be generous with its earthiness and full-bodiness. Its redeeming features are its intense purple-like colour, spicy aroma and formation of long legs on the glass.

Two Oceans – Dagger Point

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Shiraz
Country: South Africa

I tried this wine at a pub with some Thai food. Overall it was nice and drinkable, though it lacked the punch that I would expect from a Shiraz. Not a wine to enjoy on it’s own, but perfectly acceptable with food.

Rosemount – Show Reserve Shiraz

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2003
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia – Mclaren Vale

I had a bottle of this included in a mixed case and I was unsure what to make of it. I had had Rosemount’s excellent GSM, so I was expecting something special. Boy was I not let down! An excellent wine, that is great now and should last for quite a few more years. I loved the oak flavours and bouquet and the wine had a deep rich crimson colour.

I need to go fine a case of this stuff…

More info here & here.

Glen Carlou

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Vintage: 2005
Type: Shiraz
Country: South Africa – Paarl

Another nice Shiraz with good colour and flavour. It had a pleasant oak finish to it with a hint of berry.

Casillero del Diablo Shiraz

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Shiraz
Country: Chile

Casillero del Diablo is a safe wine. Reasonably cheap (though the Cabernet is now quite expensive now that it has been recognised), this winery is reliable to produce a decent wine. The shiraz follows this trend, good flavour, good colour and good taste. I recommend it if you can find it for a good price.

Also the crest is pretty cool.

Curico Valley

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Shiraz
Country: Chile

This fair trade wine was a gift for Christmas and it was not too bad. It was in a gift pack, which normally means to be wary, but it is from M&S so not to worry. I found it pleasant and easy to drink. Perfect with a meal.

Laithwaite Shiraz

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Vintage: 2005
Type: Oak Aged Shiraz
Country: Australia – McLaren Vale

This is another wine that I thought would be amazing that turned out to be rather mediocre. This is a “select” range from Laithwaite, but to be honest for the price you are better to go with something else. Perhaps with some more age it will mature into something special, but for now it is way to expensive for what you get.

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Yarrunga Field

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Vintage: 2006
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Country: Australia – New South Wales

Wow, this wine is great! I loved the oakey taste and smell. The colour was quite nice and refined. A lovely wine all around. Highly Recommended.

More info here.

Zapapico

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Vintage: 2006
Type: Shiraz (Oak-Aged Reserva)
Country: Argintina

I really liked this Shiraz, very spicy and had an excellent bouquet.

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Cerro Tololo

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Vintage: 2005
Type: Shiraz
Country: Chile – Elqui Valley

Wow was this wine young. Even after having left it for several hours to breath, it was way to acidic and harsh. We set it aside for a day and the next evening it was tolerable. Perhaps with a few more years it will taste better, but if you like to enjoy your wine when you buy it: stay away!

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