This Shiraz’s spicy aromas were identified as barbecue marinade by one reviewer, and black pepper by another. Add spiciness to leather, caramel, coffee and earth—no one identified the bouquet as outwardly fruity—and you’ve got a winning opening to an excellent wine. Stably cedar palate, plus tart cherry, herb and sweet caramel notes; a tad lean in the mouth, but…
The nose has a malty, mocha quality to it along with some root beer and cola. The mouthfeel is crisp, while flavors of cherry pop in fairly full force. The finish is pretty standard as it deviates very little from the palate. As a whole it’s good and tasty but not overwhelming. —M.S.
This quaffer is soft in the mouth with peach fuzz and pear flavors, and a smoky, marinated-meat aroma. Pleasant but straightforward and a little light in terms of intensity. Imported by Great Wines International.