Month: May 2011

Shingleback, Haycutters Shiraz Viognier 2008 Review

Shingleback, Haycutters Shiraz Viognier 2008

If you’re a fan of McLaren Vale Shiraz, but don’t appreciate the overwhelming “sweetness” that can creep into some South Australian versions of the style, then this may be a wine for you. The fruit is full and rich and offers a hint of smokey chocolate; the texture is more glide than chew; and the…
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Wild Oats, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009 Review

Wild Oats, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

Bob Oatley has made some great calls in his time. Firstly, in 2003 there was the sale of his Rosemount Estate empire to Southcorp for $1.5 billion; then there was his Wild Oats II yachting team which won five line honours in the Sydney to Hobart Race and remain race record holder to this day;…
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Fat Fish, Barossa Shiraz 2008 Review

Fat Fish, Barossa Shiraz 2008

There really is something fishy about the 2008 Fat Fish Shiraz from the irrepressible Barossa Valley. It’s not the dark (if not almost black!) colour of the wine that beguiles the palate. And there’s nothing unusual about a wine conceived in the region showing such deep ripe berries that rise to a crescendo on the…
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 Shingleback, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007 Review

Shingleback, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007

The Shingleback McLaren Vale Shiraz is a wonderfully consistent wine and the 2007 release is no exception. It’s bright in the glass, bold up front with dark berries and mocha on the front palate, savoury cedar in the middle and has just a hint of spiciness in the finale. In its youthful state the obvious…
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