|Wine:||Fox Creek “Red Baron”|
|Wine Makers:||Scott Zrna & Ben Tanzer|
Good evening wine lovers.
I am back on the reasonably priced wines. In my hands I have a little Shiraz out of McLaren Vale from the folks over at Fox Creek. This is the first time I have looked at one of their wines, and this one in particular caught my eye due to a small write-up in the bottle-o. Now if you know me; I do love to find a wine, or get introduced to a reasonably priced wine that can hopefully exceed my expectations and go beyond what its price represents. This wine here could hopefully be one of those contenders. So, let’s have a look. I am generally excited to explore this wine. I have no idea of their label, and what this winery is capable of…
Colour: Dense plum, with a dark magenta hue.
Aroma: It’s really promising from the start. The aromas of this wine want to leap out of the glass. Rich, vibrant and youthful. Full of rich stewed fruit. I get ripe plum, red cherry and raspberry. A lot sweeter on the fruit elements than that up the Barossa, but not quite as erratic as Shiraz out of the Adelaide Hills. There’s more to this wine from the nose than just fruit alone. It becomes a bit more complete with a smell of nutmeg that sits around in the background bullied by nuances of chocolate and the smell of French toast. For a wine of this price it sure has a lot going for it on aroma alone. So far, so good for our reasonably priced wine.
Palate: A medium to full bodied wine. There is a real surge of savoury elements and acid balance of this wine as the fruit drive is that of red berries and cherry. This wine could easily run away on us, but there is good acid control to keep this wine tight. The aftertaste is also long and plentiful with toffee and chocolate, which eventually tails off into roasted nuts which completely changes the dynamics of this wine from start to finish. Tannin is soft and delicate, but the wine still manages to remain grippy and controlled without relying heavily on oak tannin to do so. Really pleasing signs. The overall finish bullies these oak driven characters with red cherry.
Personal Thoughts: This is a really promising and pleasing wine. Probably best consumed in its youth, but it does a fair bit that even in 5-7 years, I think this wine would also be drinking considerably well too. I love finding decent priced wines that go beyond their expectations, and this little wine really does do this. What I like best about this wine is the transitional dynamics on the palate from robust red fruit to a finish of partial oak influences. (Chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts). Secondly, this is a wine that can stand up to being a good drink on its own, without the enhancement of food. This is one of the best accolades you can give a wine of this price. Most of these wines are to be enjoyed with food. Red Baron is something I’ll have a case of in the near future. You might remember last year I boasted about the Rymil Cabernet Sauvignon; that showcased all the beautiful characters of cabernet, but was quite delicate. This wine however, has some real gutsy elements which makes this wine really complete. Something you Shiraz lovers should definitely get around. So far, this is the reasonably priced wine that is leading the charge for wine of 2016. An outstanding wine for the price. Scott and Ben should be holding their heads high over this wine.
Drink: Now – 2023
The SA Wine Guy