Shiraz tagged posts

OZ Fights Back With A 91 pt “Ball Buster” Under $15

September 17, 2012 Daily Drinkers  No comments

The last time I wrote up and Australian wine was way back in December of last year.  Why?  In the late 90s through around 2007, Australia was known for values.  But at the same time the U.S. economy was tanking, The Aussies were riding the wave of popularity and raising the prices accordingly.

Australian Shiraz, and their crazy names might be back, because I've noticed the deals are getting better.  The 2009 Tait "The Ball Buster" is one of those deals.  Ball Buster might be an overstatement - my balls feel just fine, thank you - but this is quite a big, rich wine with opulent oak and a lofty 15% alcohol.  Still it has enjoyable nuances of raspberry and white pepper and a vien of acidity that keeps the ripe fruit in balance.

91 points from Tanzer and 90 from Parker's Wine Advocate

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d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Splits – RP95 for $21.95

December 20, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Three or four years ago Aussie wines were hot.  Really hot.  And I'm not just talking about their alcohol content.  Premium wineries like d'Arenberg were selling high-end Shiraz like it was going out of style.  Well, it turns out it was going out of style.  But you know what?  These are the same great wines that were flying off the shelves a few years ago and savvy consumers are starting to rediscover Australia - at a lower price tag.

The Dead Arm is d'Arenberg's top Shiraz and the 2006 vintage was absolutely spectacular.  It scored 95+ points from Parker and 93 from Tanzer with the former saying it will last 30 years beyond its vintage date.  That's a serious wine.  Since this deal is only available in half bottles, it's a perfect purchase for solo drinking (I can personally attest to

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A 93 Point Shiraz for $21.95 – 2006 Oliverhill Jimmy Section

September 19, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Crikey!  This Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz is good.  Really good.  Bottle this wine as a Southern Rhone and the wine media would describe it as rich, opulent and hedonistic.  As an Aussie Shiraz, that translates as focused, velvety and smooth.  I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

Whatever your perspective, this is a very well made wine.  It pours a deep black/ruby color that foreshadows its concentration, but it has a slightly translucent quality that suggests polish.  French oak aging, versus the American oak many of the more over-the-top Aussies use, gives this wine a Rhone or Washington feel, but the spiciness gives it away as Australian.

I haven’t been drinking a lot of Australian wine lately, but I might just start buying more.  This experience confirms something I’ve

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What to Get for an Aussie Wine Fanatic

January 19, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

In November we wrote about the deals to be had on Chris Ringland and Dan Phillip's R Wines and Marquis Philips labels due to their company, The Grateful Palate's financial situation.  Reports of just how bad things are vary, but it's safe to say things aren't great because their wines are being sold for bottom basement prices, from their lower end wines to the absolute top end.  We wish them all the best because we would hate to see their awesome wines disappear, as even before the reductions, they were delivering great values year after year.

Marquis-Phillips very top end Shiraz is called Integrity.  It's only made in the best vintages which, so far has meant 2002, 2003, and 2008.  If you know someone who collects Australian wines or you yourself are a collector, this would make an

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Marquis-Philips Sarah’s Blend 2008 – Unbeatable RP91 Aussie under $10

November 28, 2010 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  One comment

What happens when Marquis-Philips' parent company, R Wines, goes into receivership, as is the rumor in the wine industry?  The final vintage of the 91 point Sarah's Blend is sold off for almost half price.

The legendary Chris Ringland is the winemaker behind this and R Wines' other blockbusters, known for their creative packaging, high scores, and high Quality Price Ratio (QPR).  This wine is not for those who enjoy subtlety, with its 16% alcohol and bold Aussie flavors.  But it is a well made, well balanced wine.  It pours an opaque black with dark, smoky fruit notes on the nose.  On the palate, it's broad and thick with complexities unheard of at this price point.  A blend of 63% Shiraz, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc comes together for a long finish that

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