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

Punt Road Emperor’s Prize Pinot Noir 2013, Or, What lies beneath?

I’ll level with you, my first thought about this wine was of a phrase which surely must irritate winemakers the world over: “It’s a good food wine”. These words seem inoffensive enough, possibly because people expect you to follow up with the words “it would go great with roast lamb” or something equally complimentary. (After…… Continue reading Punt Road Emperor’s Prize Pinot Noir 2013, Or, What lies beneath?

Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2010, or, Elementary My Dear Watson

After a significant hiatus in updating this part of the blog, and coming off the back of a (relatively) successful Dry July, I knew the first bottle back had to be a good one. And Pirramimma are the ones to deliver the goods. This wine has mass appeal, but I also feel like it is…… Continue reading Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2010, or, Elementary My Dear Watson

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