Shiraz – October New Release
Barry Weinman: 1st October 2016
The team at Xanadu continue to be in top form. This time it was a brilliant value Shiraz under the Exmoor label (new to me) that grabbed the panel’s attention.
Leeuwin Estate and Mount Langi Ghiran also provided great value drinks.
Unfortunately, the Yalumba Shiraz/Viognier was badly cork tainted. I continue to be surprised that wineries persist with using natural cork, when there are more reliable alternatives available. The Diam cork, for example, still gives the “romance” of pulling the cork, but is guaranteed to be taint-free. Then of course there are screw caps…
Izway – Shiraz – Bruce – 2013 (18.5pts – $45). Really interesting nose: Liquorice, spice, plum and inky fruit. This is restrained and taut, needing years for the fruit to open up. Long, fine tannins. An impressive, concentrated Shiraz.
Wynns – Shiraz – Black Label – 2013 (18.2pts). I like this wine a lot. Cool climate Shiraz that is ripe and focussed. There are red berry notes over earthy, textural components. Think plum, transitioning to blueberry. Texturing, tight knot oak and slightly dusty tannins close the fruit down initially. A very smart wine worthy of 10yrs in the cellar.
Xanadu – Shiraz – Exmoor – 2013 (18pts – $18). Lovely cooler region fruit, with white pepper and spice. On the palate the fruit is perfectly ripe and presents beautifully, the supple oak and dusty tannins adding depth and texture, without taking the gloss off the silky fruit. Near seamless, the acidity comes through on the close adding life. This wine is a bargain and will drink well any time over the next 10 years.
Leeuwin Estate – Shiraz – Siblings – 2013 (17.9pts). This wine really stands out. Rich fruit and earthy notes, yet balanced, with excellent structure and mo uth-feel. Fine tannins and oak build, adding depth and texture. Excellent value.
Mount Langi Ghiran – Shiraz – Billi Billi – 2013 (17.8pts). Quite dense and savoury fruit that is open and accessible. The tannins kick in at the end, leaving the finish drier than the Sahara dessert. Everything in place, this needs a hearty stew to bring out its best. Should be good value too.
Sandalford – Shiraz – Margaret River – 2015 (17.5pts). Another excellent effort from Sandalford. Menthol, herbal notes and spicy white pepper on the nose. The palate is relatively forward with the fruit the main focus. The tannins, acid and oak build on the finish. A good drinking mid-price red that could also cope with a few years in the cellar.