Wine lovers, I am back with the results from the AWRI wine trail. Hopefully I can present to you some great wines for a bargain. If not, then you will get to see how well I know Australian wine from blind tastings alone, or how badly I have cocked it up. I have copied over the AWRI blog, and now I will add the wines, region and price alongside my individual wine write-up.
Let’s get into then!
Wine 886: BK Cult Syrah 2014 Vintage
Region: McLaren Vale or Grampians. (Actual Region: Adelaide Hills)
Variety: Shiraz. (Actual Variety: Shiraz)
Aroma: Blackcurrant and dark pepper. Pepper is a really strong theme of this wine.
Palate: Dry and earthy, black pepper flows through this wine. Could it possibly be a GSM? I don’t think they would lean this heavily on pepper on the palate if it was indeed a GSM. I think more a Shiraz, but the heavy influence of black pepper suggests that it could be a region other than McLaren Vale; although it is a characteristic famous to the region. Could even be something out of the Grampians.
Price: $10 to $20 (Actual Price $30.00)
Wine 123 : Murdoch Hill “Landau” Vintage: 2014
Region: Adelaide Hills or Clare Valley. (Actual Region: Adelaide Hills)
Variety: Smells like a Pinot Noir, but the colour is too dark. I am leaning on Shiraz once again. (Actual Variety: Shiraz)
Aroma: Red Cherry, violets and clay. Quite a floral wine, and with a blindfold on, would definitely suggest Pinot Noir, but the colour suggests otherwise. Maybe even a Sangiovese… but I am trusting AWRI to stick to the one variety and I think this is a Shiraz with some age in the bottle. Perhaps a 2005 or 2006 Vintage.
Palate: Beautiful red cherry and soft tannin. The palate is almost bordering that Pinot Noir territory, though this wine is a bit denser on the palate for it to be a Pinot Noir. I really enjoy this wine and I don’t think it comes in cheap.
Price: $60 Plus. (I hope I am wrong; this is one wine I would like to have in my collection) (Actual Price: $45.00)
Wine 447: Radis Estate “Wild Goat” Vintage: 2013
Region: Adelaide Hills or Yarra Valley. (Actual Region: Coonawarra)
Variety: Shiraz. (Actual Variety: Shiraz)
Aroma: Plum, Chocolate, Mint, Pine vegetation and Aniseed.
Palate: Soft and rather silky red fruit, which runs with vanilla oak spice. This wine represents a cooler region for Shiraz, hence thinking along the line of the Hills and Yarra Valley in Victoria.
Price: $30-$40 (Actual Price: $35.00)
**I have actually reviewed this wine before, and said it was playing tricks; as I thought it was a Cabernet in a Shiraz bottle. But this is the power of the Coonawarra, the characteristics we find in Cabernet can also leak into the Shiraz grape out of this region.**
Wine 609: Luke Lambert Crudo Syrah Vintage: 2015
Region: Adelaide Hills (Actual Region: Yarra Valley)
Variety: Shiraz (Actual Variety: Shiraz)
Aroma: Plum and blackberry with nuances of vanilla.
Palate: Rich red fruits which is quite chewy and lush, white pepper is an element in this wine which marries up with the generous fruit backing and brings around a wine with great length.
Price: $30-$40 (Actual Price $25.00)
Wine 704: Parker Estate Coonawarra Series Vintage: 2014
Region: Barossa Valley or Coonawarra (Actual: Coonawarra)
Variety: Shiraz or Shiraz/Cabernet Blend (Actual: Shiraz)
Aroma: Smells like a Barossa Shiraz with the signature black plum and chocolate.
Palate: Rich dark fruit dance around and creates a full bodied wine with power and great flavour. Some Cabernet characters start to work their way in this wine too, which makes me think that it could be a blend, but then Coonawarra Shiraz’s can display Cabernet characteristics. There is aniseed spice… (Not a flavour on the palate common to Shiraz). Maybe this is a multi-region wine, and it could possibly be a Penfolds Bin 389.
Price 50-60 Dollars a bottle. (Actual: $30.00)
Wine 542: Whiz Bang Vintage: 2014
Region: Barossa Valley (Actual: Barossa Valley)
Variety: Shiraz (Actual: Shiraz)
Aroma: Screams out Barossa Valley, so I would be extremely surprised if it was anywhere else. Dark plum, chocolate and a generous helping of rich toasty oak burst through on this wine that smells big in the glass.
Palate: This pretty much confirms Barossa Rich dark fruit symbolises the warm climate. With chocolate and oak spice, this wine truly resembles the region. Nothing overly complex, but the densest wine I consumed for the evening.
Price: $25 to $35 dollars a bottle. (Actual Price: $20.00)
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