New Release Reds – May 2014

Reviewed: 8th May 2014

There was an eclectic selection of pinot and shiraz here from a variety of countries.

The reviewed wines stood out for their balance, providing short term drinking pleasure, but also being capable of rewarding cellaring.


Leeuwin Estate – Shiraz – Art Series – 2011 (18). A lovely wine that balances perfectly ripe, though cooler region, fruit with supple winemaking. Hints of spice and cedar add complexity, but do not detract from the fruit. The finish is silky and very fine, with superb length and mouth-feel. Very well made.

Saltram – Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon – Metala – 2012 (18). This is a really smart wine that combines quality fruit and slick winemaking. Lovely depth and intensity to the fruit with mint, eucalyptus and blackberry from the cabernet sitting over the ripe, plum-like shiraz. Cedary oak complements nicely. The finish is firm, suggesting that 5 – 10 years in the cellar will be rewarded.

Singlefile – Pinot Noir – 2013 (17.5 – 18). Quite firm, but with delicious red fruits. Cherry and supple spice to the fore on the palate. Long and balanced, this just needs a year or two for the grippy finish to settle and to really hit its straps. ($33).

Soumah – Shiraz – 2012 (17.8). Another cracking wine from the 2012 vintage in Victoria. The vibrant, ripe fruit leaps out of the glass, with cedar and spice to follow. The palate is fragrant, vibrant and supple with white pepper highlights. The fine tannins, whilst allowing the fruit to speak, build on the finish. An intense, youthful wine that should age well. (RRP $33).

Arivina Estate – Shiraz – 2012 (17.7). Dense, though not thick, chocolaty fruit here with savoury highlights. This is a rich, textured wine that has been well put together. The balance is maintained via fine tannins and supple oak, and there is excellent length. Will have broad appeal as it straddles the line between warm and cool climate fruit.