A step up from the winery’s entry-level Hazard Hill bottling, the 2008 Omrah Shiraz is another terrific value. It takes plummy fruit and cedary oak, then ups the ante with complex notes of smoked meat and leather while silky tannins line the long finish. Drink now–2020.
An intense, flavorful rendition of Sauvignon Blanc, this is grapefruity from start to finish, balanced by slightly riper notes of pineapple and a custardy richness to the wine’s texture. Pair it with bold fish dishes over the next 6–9 months.
This well-priced Pinot is a crowd-pleaser, with classic Pinot Noir aromas of cherry pie filling and strawberries that carry over to the palate. There they join finely buffed tannins and firm acidity to create a very impressive package. The medium finish is marked by raspberry and cherry flavors. Drink now or hold a year or two.
Plush and full best describe this offering from Australia’s western coast. Starts with clove and licorice aromas, then tastes of the essence of berry fruit. It borders on jammy and syrupy, yet pulls back with some edginess. But not too much—it’s creamy and thick, with soft oak and milk chocolate.
A good value, this starts off a little shaky thanks to some barnyard scents on the nose, then rights itself. Herbal-tobacco notes accent plum-prune flavors in this medium-bodied wine with a creamy-smooth texture. Soft and easygoing, it’s ideal to drink now.
If not for some distractingly garlicky notes, this wine would have scored higher, as it displays bright, crisply defined cherry fruit, complex mocha and fudge shadings and a food-friendly, medium-bodied nature. Chunky tannins suggest beef or lamb as pairings.
A pretty good effort, this sub-$20 Pinot Noir features plenty of coffee-scented oak, but also some nice black cherry fruit. It’s on the full side, with round, voluptuous tannins and crisp acids, with a touch of warmth on the finish. Drink now.
A spicy, woody blast in the nose; then a lot of terroir—or is that more oak? The toast is strong, very strong; the mouthfeel is full and chunky, and the finish fairly heavy. Nevertheless, it comes across as nicely balanced. A wine from the southwest corner of Australia, it’s pronounced “Plan-Tuhjenet.