New Release Reds: April 2018

New Release Reds: April 2018

Barry Weinman: 22nd April 2018

This week’s new release tasting resulted in only three recommendations, but all are very worthwhile.

Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Singlefile. Their mainstream wines offer brilliant quality at very reasonable prices. The 2016 Shiraz is no exception. A cellar-worthy wine that took two days to really reach its peak.

I was interested to see Langton’s auctioning a quantity of the 2014 Jones Block Shiraz from Paxton. This is a wine that even at its retail price of $40 offers fair value. That it can be bought at auction for under $25 (all fees included) makes it somewhat of a bargain. (It is also good buying from the cellar door at $30).


Snowball – Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc – 2010. (17.7/20pts). Plum, mint and ripe berry fruit shine on the nose. The palate is long and supple, with dusty tannins and supple oak. The fine acidity adds to the texture and balance. At 8 years of age, this is excellent drinking over the next 3 – 5 years.

Singlefile – Shiraz – 2016 (18+/20pts – $37). A wine of  class and distinction that has both grace and presence. Cooler climate fruit showing cherry/berry fruit combined with souring plum acidity. Long and supple, the dense fruit is finely structured and restrained. Just a baby, this needs years to reach its peak.

Paxton – Shiraz – Jones Block – 2014 (18/20pts – $40). This wine has a wow factor. Ripe plum and liquorice, with hints of tar and spice. The palate is rounded, yet focused, with the savoury oak adding depth and texture to the core of lovely fruit. The tannins are fine, but noticeable, so time in the cellar will be rewarded.