Dry Red No. 2 is virtually all Shiraz, though small amounts of Viognier, Marsanne and Mataro are often included. The 2008 displays slightly vegetal shadings of capsicum and tomato that may prove controversial, but there’s ample cassis as well, rounded out by a cedar note. Its medium weight and delicate, silky texture combine to impart those ineffable qualities of…
Shiraz complexity in a glass: herbal, smoky and meaty, all tied together by a core of berryish fruit. This is classic cool-climate Shiraz, combining concentration and flavor intensity with medium body and barely perceptible tannins. It’s elegant and nuanced, never rich or heavy, with a long finish. Drink now-2025.
Displays a winning combination of cool climate and low yields in its rich, earthy, peppery aromas. There’s an undeniable herbal streak that adds complexity akin to some Northern Rhône Syrahs, supported by fleshy mulberry fruit. Finshes dusty and dry, but with a lush juiciness at the same time. Editors’ Choice. —J.C.
This wine reflects Yarra Valley’s relatively cool climate in its gently herbal and spicy demeanor. Anise and pepper accent the blueberry fruit in this medium-bodied offering that was 60% whole-bunch fermented, all by indigenous yeasts. There’s a bit of creaminess to the texture, but little in the way of overt oak notes, and a long, silky finish. It’s a wine to…
A Yarra Valley classic, Dry Red No. 1 is a Bordeaux-style blend marked by its restrained alcohol levels yet potent flavors. The 2007 features scents of tobacco, vanilla and cassis, with a hint of tomato emerging on the palate. It’s medium-bodied, with a long finish that finishes with firm but silky tannins and lip-smacking cassis. Approachable now, but should age…
Smoky and meaty, this is aggressively savory in style, but really evolves with air to show a gentler, raspberry-fruited side accented by dried spices. It’s medium- to full- bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and silky, mouthwatering finish. Terrific cool-climate Shiraz.
This wine is rapidly becoming a favorite for its unique combination of peppery meatiness with mixed blueberry and blackberry fruit. It’s complex and compelling, with hints of coffee, tar and black olive all adding to the array of aromas and flavors. Long and richly tannic on the finish; while this is approachable now, it should also stand up to 10 years’ cellaring…
Folks who enjoy herbal complexities in their Cabernet shouldn’t pass this wine up. Aromas of roasted peppers, eucalyptus and cassis verge on vegetal, but the flavors are more refined, layering rich chocolaty notes over cassis and hints of green pepper. It’s only medium-bodied, but still packs in plenty of intensity, evidenced on the long, silky finish. Drink now–2020.