Ultrapurple in color. Stunning inky, dark aromas of violets, game, and a touch of fennel. Spicy sweet and sour flavors, concentrated black fruits and coffee notes. Lots of extraction, but not at the expense of complexity or balance. Very good structure and should evolve beautifully.
The opaque, heavy body announces that this is a serious wine, and it is. Still youthful despite several years of bottle age, there’s plenty of toast, coffee, menthol and wood on the nose. Dark berry fruit (cassis) and tobacco flavors. A big, solid bruiser that has deservedly won a truckload of awards in its native Down Under.
Well balanced, smooth, sweet and blessed with just the right touch of acidity, this honeyed wine also has a fine blend of orange, peach, melon, spice and citrus flavors. Fresh at the end.
This sticky pulls out all the stops; where words like “ripe, full, rich and sweet” are detriments to some wines they only explain this one’s attractiveness. Apricot aromas are laid on thick, backed by some citrus and fig. Apricot, passion fruit, mango and burnt sugar emerge on the palate and through the finish. Would do your favorite apple pie or peach cobbler real…
An excellent value, Hardys’ Oomoo Shiraz can run with a pack twice its price, offering earth and cola aromas and a deep undercurrent of blackberries. It’s full-bodied, mouthfilling yet structured. Adds flavors of black olives to the mix, along with velvety tannins and mouthwatering acids on the finish.
Opens with a inky nose of tart black fruits, a spice-herb element and saddle leather—with a definite horse-stable note some tasters found complex, others just rough. The dark toasty-earthy palate has a soft, even mouthfeel, and it finishes with espresso, earth and an almost bitter note.
Smells and tastes heavily oaked, with vanilla, smoke and toast layered over notes of blackberry and chocolate. Still, the texture is nice and the wood—if you like that sort of thing—is tasty. Finishes with a slightly drying edge. Imported by Pacific Wine Partners.
Good spice, briar and smoke aromas go well with expressive, clean fruit. The wholesome palate features a fine dose of cherry and plum, while the finish is rich and chewy. For a value-priced wine, this has a lot to offer. With purity and verve, it can compete with higher-priced bottles.