This Shiraz is mouthfilling, but stops short of the lushness that characterizes top-tier Shiraz. It’s all about plum, earth and caramel from beginning to end; textbook Barossa Shiraz, yummy if not out of the ordinary. —D.M.
Hot aromas of creamy vanilla and mint lead the way. Flavors of blackberries, fresh vegetables and a potato-like starchiness are a little thin in the middle. This is a pleasing wine that should be drunk soon.
“Pristine” stands for untouched—in this case by wood, an increasingly popular approach to the Chardonnay grape in Australia. The light citrus aromas, herb and caramel accents, and a dry and lean mouthfeel with almost tart pineapple flavors bring to mind better Mâconnais wines from Burgundy. Well-balanced, it closes crisply with mild tropical-fruit notes. Likable…
This unusual blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Merlot comes across as the beneficiary of lots of sun. It’s big, chunky and sweet, with ample shadings of American oak. What it lacks in elegance is made up for in concentration and power. A little grapey, but spicy and leathery enough to qualify as a good quaffing wine rather than just ponderous grape juice.
An interesting wine that shows some bottle evolution akin to Aussie Sémillon in its development of dry toast and smoke aromas despite minimal wooding. Sweet apple and pear fruit on the palate turns citrusy on the finish, picking up hints of greengage plum.
Chunky and big in the nose, with a touch of sulfur and gas. The palate features black cherry fruit and a pleasant roundness, while the finish is full of fruit and licorice. For a quaffer, this fits the bill. But something about it, including the price, indicates that it’s striving to be more than that.