This wine represents an excellent value, and one that showcases the quality potential of Langhorne Creek. It’s creamy in texture, voluptuous in feel and full in body, with a bold flavor of red currant that’s framed by ample cedar and vanilla notes. Long and creamy on the finish. Drink now–2018.
A pleasant surprise, this Show Reserve offering combines toasty, mentholly oak with blackberry and blueberry fruit, all supported by plenty of weight and firm tannins. Vanilla and cedar on the finish is balanced by dusty, briary fruit.
A lovely nose with plum, cassis and notes of roasted coffee is followed by a lush, chewy mouthfeel. The ripe fruit flavors are ample and soft with cherries, plums, berries and roasted nuts blanketing the palate. Clearly this 1997 has benefited from extended aging. Enjoy it over the next two to five years.
Not that much Hunter Shiraz makes it to the U.S. these days, but this bottling from Wyndham Estate is a nice example. It shows rather clean winemaking, with strong vanilla and cedar notes from barrel aging to go alongside blueberry and blackberry fruit. Only mildly tannic, so it’s approachable now, but should age through at least 2012.
Even, dark and not too sweet, this Shiraz is a very solid offering. The berry, chocolate, licorice nose doesn’t get too jammy and the ripe even texture on the tongue bears full black cherry, tar and toast flavors. Finishes long, with sweet and sour black currant and licorice flavors. Good now, and should improve for two to four years.
A pillowy and tropical Chard that doesn’t get sloppy soft or overly tart and hard. Toasted marshmallow, pineapple and banana aromas; lightly caramelized pineapple dusted with cinnamon flavors. Finishes with a smoky edge. Best Buy.
Dusty black cherry aromas preface a similar profile on the palate: Dark plums, black cherry, wheat bread, and an earthy/leafy hint. It’s a nice, medium-full weight, not so rich or mouthfilling that drinking it with dinner is out of the question. Finishes smooth.
In a leaner, more restrained style than we’ve become accustomed to from inexpensive Oz reds—a welcome change. Cherry fruit is layered with leather and chocolate, blending in dusty tannins on the tart finish. Best Buy.