A top value in Aussie Shiraz, grab the remaining bottles before it’s suplanted by the 2007, which isn’t quite as richly textured. The 2006 is slightly leafy and peppery on the nose, giving a welcome sense of complexity to the blackberry fruit. It’s firm without being hard, with a surprisingly long finish. Drink now.
Sturdy and ripe, with beautiful purple-brick color, this is a wine with great pairing potential for lamb or other grilled meats. Black fruit on the nose has interesting accents of water chestnuts, or maybe bamboo shoots. Juicy blackberry and tobacco flavors are front and center in the mouth, and continue on through the finish.
The first impression from the nose is that of raisins, but with time you get pound cake and some Port. As with the bouquet, the first taste reveals prunes and raisins, but behind that there’s some coffee and character. While this is not a full-force, in-your-face wine, it does have weight, heft and other calling cards of Aussie Shiraz.
This medium-bodied Shiraz comes swathed in a big overcoat of toasty oak, but avoids any harsh tannins, instead balancing tart red-berry fruit with oak spice while remaining silky-textured from start to finish. Drink up over the next few years.
Squarely in the fruit-forward, über-ripe camp, the Nugan Shiraz is a very good example of the style. The nose explodes with plum fruit, backed up by sweet vanilla tones while the palate shows dense berry fruit, and winds down to a black char note. Drink now.
Cedar and cassis come together nicely in this easy-drinking Cabernet. It’s a bit warm, with tannins supple enough for tonight, but manages to linger for a good long time on the finish.
It’s not easy to find bargain-priced stickies, but this offering from De Bortoli is a solid attempt. It’s like their Noble One Botrytis Sémillon, just dialed back a notch, with less oak and concentration, but still boasting dried apricot and candied pineapple flavors that end with a hint of orange rind.