Give this wine a quick decanting prior to serving if you can, so that its lively cassis and floral components come to the fore. It’s a nicely concentrated wine for the price, with soft tannins framing classic Cab flavors of mint, cassis and chocolate. Drink now–2012.
Water Wheel’s 2005 Shiraz is a full-bodied, creamy-textured effort filled with the scents and flavors of dark plums, vanilla and coffee. It’s delicious now, but should evolve through 2020, thanks to its concentrated fruit and ample tannins.
Water Wheel wines consistently deliver quality and value. The winery’s 2007 Shiraz is made in a decadently supple, drink-now style with enough cocoa and mocha overtones to bring chocolate cake to mind. There’s some cedar and spice complexity as well. Drink now-2013.
Made in a mouthfilling, supple style, this cheerful blend is easy to like and easy on the pocketbook. Black cherry and vanilla notes are perhaps a little simple, but carried along by a rich, creamy mouthfeel and a lingering finish, they make for a satisfying glass of hearty red. Drink now-2014.
Mainly Shiraz (87%), this is a meaty, savory and plummy red at a reasonable price. Hints of vanilla and cola impart additional complexity, while the mouthfeel is creamy, cushioned by ripe tannins. It drops off just a little on the finish, but it's still a very good drop for near-term consumption.
Water Wheel's Memsie remains a very good example of the quality conscientious Australian producers can turn out at reasonable prices, blending four varieties into a plummy, cedary, earthy drink that's reasonably concentrated, balanced and harmonious.
The palate has tropical and yellow fruit at the core, plus a powdery overlay akin to confectioner’s sugar. Still, it’s not as sweet as it sounds; woody tannins run from palate to finish. - D.M.