Some Australian wineries are still “overdelivering,” as they like to say, and this round of Gemtree releases are a good example of that. The 2008 Bloodstone features flagrant vanilla aromas, but balances those with cracked pepper and grilled meat notes, red berries and traces of coffee and olive. The tannins of this full-bodied red are creamy soft, turning just…
Mouthfilling in volume, but softly structured, this blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier features lush, ripe berry flavors amply garnished by vanilla notes. It’s an easy-drinking, commercial style that should have broad appeal.