All Saints Estate Shiraz 2014, or, London 2012 all over again

I don’t know if it is my English heritage, but sometimes I feel that saying something is “not bad” is sincerely one of the best compliments in the world. Perhaps due to (or because of) our surfeit of pessimism, or maybe propensity for understatement, I really believe that this half-negative statement can be a truly unique and…… Continue reading All Saints Estate Shiraz 2014, or, London 2012 all over again

Mitolo “Cantiniere” Shiraz 2014, or, My BFG

I’ve been going through a bit of a McLaren Vale Shiraz phase of late and, if there’s one thing I’ve realised about them, it’s that they don’t play well with others. That is especially the case with this one. The first time I drank it after a different red wine I was generally underwhelmed. It…… Continue reading Mitolo “Cantiniere” Shiraz 2014, or, My BFG

Wirra Wirra “Woodhenge” Shiraz 2011, or, Good fences make good neighbours

Sometimes you just really want to like a wine, don’t you? I remember when I had the 2010 of this one and it was one of those rare moments when all my hopes were exceeded in the most delightful way. Here, I thought to myself, is why everyone extols the virtues of South Australian shiraz.…… Continue reading Wirra Wirra “Woodhenge” Shiraz 2011, or, Good fences make good neighbours

Bowman Wines Le Corbeaux Melange ‘The Raven’s Blend’ 2010, or, ‘Give me more!’ quoth I

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a DVD after a hard day’s work, I happened upon this quaint little drop. Having already sampled (nay, heartily quaffed) the Shiraz offered by Bowman Wines but a few weeks before, I knew what to expect. At least, so I thought… Ah, distinctly…… Continue reading Bowman Wines Le Corbeaux Melange ‘The Raven’s Blend’ 2010, or, ‘Give me more!’ quoth I

Yalumba Barossa ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz 2008, or, Finding Aladdin’s Lion in Wall-E’s Ratatouille

You know what, this isn’t the best wine I have ever tasted. I mean, if I waited until I was truly inspired by a sublime wine to write a blog, I would either not write very often (which you might get annoyed by) or I would be exceptionally drunk all the time (which is very…… Continue reading Yalumba Barossa ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz 2008, or, Finding Aladdin’s Lion in Wall-E’s Ratatouille

Bowman Wines Shiraz 2010, or, Live and unplugged in Heathcote

I took a good sniff of this one as I poured it into a decanter and it was a pretty intense blackberry jam experience I received. That and the deep purple-y, crimson-y colour led me to believe I was going to get a good smack of sweet berries when I took a sip of it.…… Continue reading Bowman Wines Shiraz 2010, or, Live and unplugged in Heathcote

Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz 2009, or, Some like it juicy

Having had some pretty serious Shirazes recently, I have to say that I appreciated this one for its fresh and vibrant approach. Luscious cherry is the predominant flavour (the middle juicy bit, not the skin and the pip), which is buoyed by soft tannins and just a little white pepper in the background to remind…… Continue reading Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz 2009, or, Some like it juicy