Shiraz

Two Hands

Lily's McLaren Vale Garden Shiraz 2008

This was a big ol' boy! After the 84 Chappellet, I had to switch gears a little bit! Second wine served blind to more or less the same crowd. Poured black and inky. Nose with a little bit of meat but this was mostly black dark roasted fruits. Entry was dark blackberry, sweet plums, figs, baking spice. Power. Lots of guesses for syrah and petite sirah and I don't think anyone really thought this one was 11 years old. Finished with a lot of roasted sweet and chewy tannin. I didn't think I was in the mood for this kind of wine until I realized that I was in the mood for this kind of wine! I think this one has another five to ten years easily. Wondering why this one seems to get lower scores on Delectable, but I have a feeling that most people don't give these the age they need. — 2 days ago

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This was served to me blind. My first comment was “this tastes familiar...”, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to recall the ‘08 Two Hands BG I had earlier this year to call this Aussie Shiraz! My guess was Napa petite sirah, though I did guess the high ABV. Almost motor oil black in the glass. Dense. I didn’t get any meat here, but I did pick up quite a bit of peppercorn alongside rich and ripe blackberries, blueberries and fig on the nose. Unabashed. Liqueur like on the palate with Andes mint chocolate and baked mixed berry pie. At 11yrs old, still quite powerful.
9.2

Penfolds

Grange South Australia Shiraz 1997

You know you have a great friend when she brings this to share when her daughter gets married! Dried herb, menthol and black fruit aromas. Cherry, anise, milk chocolate. Long, amazing finish. Cheers! — 3 days ago

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@Kimberly Anderson Cheers I hope that it’s the start of a great weekend Cheers 🍷

Two Hands

Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Smells of absolute deliciousness. The nose of a wine you know will make you happy..

First time trying the entry level wine from this awesome producer, and pretty happy with the results. Fruit cometh! Blackberry, pomegranate, hints of subtle eucalyptus, wispy tannins, that hold up to, and help the bright, polished fruit integrate extremely well.
Pic next to my Australian Didgeridoo..
— 17 days ago

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Cheers! Gnarly dudes made me laugh!😁
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@Trixie cheers! Ha! Me as well..

Torbreck Vintners

The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

The 2016 ‘The Factor’ Shiraz is a monumental wine from this storied estate. Aged for twenty four months in 40% new French oak, this Shiraz weighs in at 15.0% alcohol — but it shows outstanding poise considering the obvious heat of the vintage. On the nose this wonderfully perfumed Shiraz takes on suggestions of rose water and potpourri with red currant jelly and shades of kirsch and licorice that all meld together in the glass. The palate is dense and plush showing a wonderful sense of minerality and tremendous depth. Layers of mocha, exotic spices, creosote and espresso bean flavors run rampant with the high-toned bright red fruits and minerals. A simply stunning effort, this beautiful Shiraz is outstanding in its youth and has decades to go. Drink 2019-2040- 97 — 2 days ago

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@Hugh O'Riordan Their top wines command a huge price but this one is a really beautiful, special occasion Aussie. Sounds like we’re both due a trip!
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@P A Cheers my friend 🍷

John Duval Wines

Entity Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

From Polar’s Australian wine tasting. Mellow with soft pliant Tannins in a more drink now style. Interestingly John Duval was chief winemaker at Penfolds for 29 years when most of the previous Penfolds wines just tasted were made. This wine made very differently to how he made them at Penfolds. — 9 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2002

Dense dark crimson - almost black. Ripe plum aromas with a touch of prune and coffee grounds. On the palate earthy plummy savoury Notes still with a solid core of fruit which will see this wine cruise past its 20th Birthday. A full bodied Barossa Shiraz from ultra ripe old vine fruit. No doubt plenty of Oak when this wine was made but now the oak has largely integrated with the ripe fruit so the balance was right in this cooler vintage. I need to drink these big reds in winter because they are hard work in an Australian summer. — 13 days ago

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Unsung Hero Wines

Western Cape Shiraz 2017

Trader Joe's, ~$7

Dark and opaque and a pungent smoky nose with a hint of fruit. Smooth but fairly full bodied and syrupy, on the tart and dry side but not in a bad way, has a decent alcohol bite. Starts with a pleasant slightly tart red fruit flavor, and a noticable smokiness follows shortly after giving a nice complexity to keep it interesting. Loved the mix of smoke and tart fruit in the flavors, if it was a little less harsh and tart it would be amazing but can't complain at all for the price. One of my favorites at this price point.
— 5 days ago

Grampians Estate

Streeton Reserve Shiraz 2012

All previous notes of this amazing wine still apply. Savoury earthy mineral meaty berry, black pepper and Bacon all packed in there. I managed to get a dozen out of the 60 dozen made. Cote Rotie on steroids still applies. Will have to exercise some willpower to have each of the remaining 6 bottles at 2 year intervals. Halliday says drink by 2042!! — 3 days ago

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Centonove in Kew, Melbourne
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Must call in next time I’m in Melbourne. Added to Roscioli that’s two where you have been the Somm.
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Indeed, even though here my role is slightly less focused on the wine only, I've got to do a bit of everything, but I definitely have had an impact on the wine list😜
It would be great to meet with you anyway, I truly hope u make it when u come down👍

A. P. Birks

Wendouree Shiraz 1975

Still holding unbelievably
It feels like a great Bordeaux with a mesmerizing eucalyptus decoration rather than other kind of greens
There is no other Australian wine that gives me this pleasure
Super elegant and endless
— a day ago

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That would be a very hard find, I am afraid I have no idea @Marc vanholst
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@Marc vanholst @Ceccherini Cristiano Hard to find in Australia Marc. There is a waiting list to get on the Mailing List!
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I'm afraid Bob is spot on.
I have never seen any Wendouree in Europe apart from the ones I took with me🤷‍♂️

Henschke

Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz 2010

Massive wine. Not really my style, especially after the Ornellaia. Probably could have used a decant but we didn’t have time for that. — 11 days ago

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