Almost impenetrable at first, but with 15 minutes of air, coffee, plum skin and eucalyptus/mint aromas begin to unfold. On the palate, it’s a very textured wine; it has a thick veil of clay-chalky tannins, yet stays on the conservative side of richness and fullness. Its flavors reprise the aromas, for the most part…— D.T.
There’s an herbal aroma that reminds me of eucalyptus trees, and the wine is very strongly flavored with menthol or, to use the winemaker’s own word, mint. This is said to be a cool area, which may explain why it’s not fruitier. That said, it’s compelling. It’s so structurally beautiful, so well balanced that you…— S.H.
This wine is a spectacular value. It’s just delicious, filled with intense raspberry liqueur, chocolate and tobacco flavors, richly dry, with super-velvety tannins. It coats the palate with sweet, ripe fruit. True, this is not a big wine and won’t age, but on every other level, it’s superb.— S.H.
In Australia, a paddock is an enclosed area, like a corral, where livestock graze. There’s a story to the wine’s name that’s too long to tell here. It’s incredibly rich, especially for this price, with tropical fruit, lime, vanilla and peach flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with a honeyed aftertaste. It’s a…— S.H.
Redbank is the Hill-Smith (of Yalumba) family’s Victorian brand. The Long Paddock is a range of wines produced largely from purchased fruit, but this is a nicely balanced, easy-to-drink wine. Predominant notes are of mocha, mixed berry and vanilla, while the tannins are supple and the finish elegant and fruit-driven…— J.C.
Smells fresh and clean, and has a stony mouthfeel. White stone fruit dominates the palate; elegant, though not quite as concentrated as it should be. Very good, and will be excellent in another vin tage. 250 cases produced. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.— D.T.
This surely is a good-quality wine, but it follows a tried-and-true recipe. It offers dusty blackberry aromas, and blackberry and red plum flavors. It’s just the right size on the palate, with smooth tannins and a gummy hold on the midpalate. At this price, you can afford to keep a few on your drink-now rack…— D.T.
Shiraz wine is an appealing easy drinker. Spicy and sweet dark-fruit aromas and toasty oak open to a round, full mouthfeel. Blackberry flavors and leather notes hold the sweetness in check. Finishes nicely, and a little less jammy than the nose and palate. This is a totally accessible and very satisfying wine for…— M.M.