Fragrant on the nose, with cool cherry and menthol undertones. On the palate, it’s powerful but restrained, with fresh herb hints and crisp, red raspberry and cherry fruit and the barest hint of cranberry at the core. Wood is very well integrated; texture is suede-smooth. Imported by Winesellers Ltd.
Opens deep and inky with prune, licorice, chocolate, Asian spices and a touch of leather. If you think that’s a lot of nose for a $13 Shiraz, you’re right. The almost full-bodied palate delivers nicely on the bouquet’s promise, with a creamy feel and bright, Port-like flavors—nuts, chocolate and prunes. Finishes with good length and more of the same delicious stuff…
Deep inky-red in color, this Shiraz’s name is an easy clue to how it behaves in the mouth. It’s a wine to be reckoned with, full and round. It offers very ripe purple fruit, white pepper and even some Porty notes on both the nose and the palate, and feels bigger than its modest (for Australia) 14.5% alcohol. Finishes warm and spicy.
Hope Estate is headquartered near Australia’s eastern coast, but this wine comes from a vineyard it owns way out west. It’s a well-made, medium- to full-bodied Shiraz, boasting a raspberry flavor that’s nicely accented by a dark coffee note and an approachable, open-knit texture. Drink it over the next year or two.
One of Hunter’s best performers in this tasting. Aromas are racy and slight, like steel and pear, with some cinnamon. Medium-weight in the mouth, there’s a nice spine of citrus fluffed up with white peach and very light butter flavors. Well-balanced; it finishes long and a little tart.
Forward and fruit-driven, with a hint of pepper to the blackberry and plum fruit. Pretty weighty for a Hunter Shiraz, but showing the region’s subtle tannins on the finish. Drink now–2015.
This medium-bodied Shriaz displays a soft, creamy, inviting mouthfeel and a piquant counterpoint in its flavors of tart cherries and mulling spices. It’s an easy-drinking wine that ends on a cranberry note.
Starts off with understated aromas of buttered whole-grain toast, pineapple and tropical that gradually build in intensity, finishing with a blast of toasty American oak, vanilla and spice. It's slightly unpolished, but flavorful and full of character.