Smoky and toasty at first, there’s even a sense of meatiness to the aromas. With air, superripe nectarines emerge, combined with a mineral-graphite note. Finishes long and a bit hard; pair it with assertively flavored fish dishes, maybe something with a Moroccan influence. Best Buy.
A step up in seriousness from Craneford’s easy-drinking regular Shiraz, the Fire Station bottling is sourced from 80-year-old vines from the northern Barossa. Cola, spice and meat notes mark the aromas, while the blackberry fruit on the palate is very juicy and fresh. A touch of cedar on the finish brings the fruit back into focus. Drink now–2015.
A dark, earthy style, laden with cassis, tobacco and shadings of vanilla. This is medium-bodied, with surprisingly crisp acids for the Barossa that give it an almost claret-like feel. Drink now–2012.
Sourced largely from the northern end of the region, this features bold blackberry flavors slightly reminiscent of preserves and marked by dark shadings of cola and chocolate. Yet despite the superripe flavors, the wine remains well structured and retains some slightly herbal overtones. Drink now–2012.
Blackberry and earth aromas open to flavors that settle into blackberry and black cherry with some air. It’s medium-sized and a lovely drink, with caramel-toffee nuances and a bite of fresh herb on the back end.
Smells like fresh whipping cream and melon, and the flavors are similar, but edged in some white pepper. This is a lithe Viognier, not a fat, alcoholic one, with a bony, dusty spine that stays the fresh-and-balanced course through the finish. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.