Plummy, rich and ripe, with a creamy mouthfeel and dense, chocolaty flavors, this is a hefty mouthful of Barossa Shiraz at a great price. At 14.5% abv, it’s nicely balanced, with a lingering finish. Drink now and over the next couple of years.
Lush and appealing, this is one of the more appropriately named of the Chocolate Box wines. Slightly jammy raspberry fruit is coated in chocolate; even the tannins come across as softly dusty, even vaguely cocoa-like. Drink over the next year or two.
Comprised of nearly equal parts Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, this is an easygoing, creamy-textured wine with lifted aromas of cherries and clove and juicy, peppery flavors that finish with just the barest touch of astringency. Drink now.
Sparkling Shiraz is an acquired taste, but this is a good introduction to the genre. Simply put, it’s a big, oaky Shiraz with bubbles, bursting with vanilla, blackberry, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. Enjoy it over the next few years for its youthful exuberance.
A pronounced herbal note adds a weedy edge to this otherwise full-bodied, plush Cabernet. Cassis fruit is potent without being overbearing, while the oak is prominent, lending structure and vanilla. Drink now.
This boasts some rather prominent herbal (dill, perhaps?) notes, but this is an otherwise creamy-textured, soft Cabernet meant for immediate consumption. Vanilla and black cherry notes start upfront and persist through the slightly warm finish.