Wine Reviews: Australian Shiraz

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As more samples arrive, I’ll be making an effort to post reviews more regularly.  The latest sample roundup is a collection of Australian Shiraz that had arrived as press samples over the previous few months. Wines were tasted single blind.

The biggest surprise? The 2009 Wakefield Shiraz, which easily came out on top and is affordably priced. Details, wines, and tasting notes below. 

Review: 2008 Jacob’s Creek/Orlando Shiraz Reserve
SRP: $13. On the nose, sweet plums and blackberry pie, chocolate, spicy and smoky oak, and an interesting hint of pink grape fruit. On the palate, the wine is thinner than one would expect and the oak seems artificial, as it lingers. Ripeness, acid, and tannin are all in balance. Considering the price, a good QPR. (86 pts.) 

Review: 2009 Robert Oatley Shiraz
SRP: $19. On the nose, this wine smells dense and sweet. Sweet black cherry compote, blackcurrant, vanilla extract, savory meat, and a hint of slate. On the palate, the great concentration, good acid, and well-defined tannins. A bit overripe and a bit hot, but impressively balanced. (88 pts.)

Review: 2009 Peter Lehmann Shiraz 
SRP: $17. On the nose, the wine smells like plums soaked in brandy – followed by more plums, blackberries, oak, and dark chocolate. On the palate, nice acid and tannin. A great expression of Barossa Shiraz, if a bit too alcoholic. (86 pts.) 

Review: 2010 Robert Oatley Shiraz James Oatley TIC TOK
SRP: $14. On the nose, extremely rich raspberries and red cherries. It smells like dessert, but isn’t at all pruney. On the palate, the wine is disappointing — the finish is surprisingly short and the wine leaves behind bitter tannins. (85 pts.) 

Review: 2009 Wakefield Shiraz Clare Valley
SRP: $17. On the nose, deep black fruits, ripe plums, pie crust, sweet baking spices, loads of mocha, and a touch of espresso. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, with juicy acidity and supple tannins. Hedonistic and delightful. (91 pts.)

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