This wine boasts a heavy wooden overlay, but the final result is a full-bodied, lushly textured Shiraz powered by caramel, vanilla, leather, cedar and baking spices. There’s sufficient length and tannin on the finish to think it might even improve over the next 10 years or so.
This easy-to-drink, medium-bodied red blends 31% Merlot, 28% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, then adds lashings of toasty, vanilla-scented oak. The result is a supple wine redolent of plums, vanilla and baking spices that finishes soft and creamy-smooth. Ready to drink now.
This bold Victorian Shiraz shows promise in its spicy, savory aromas and intense plum and blueberry fruit. But for folks who are sensitive to elevated alcohol levels, the fun stops there, as this wine’s opulent, creamy texture is dominated by alcoholic heat.