ShirazWeek – Australian Wine Tasting

#ShirazWeek – Australian Wine Tasting.
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Wines tasted February 2015

 

As the hashtag suggests, a 1/52nd-of-a-year-long is dedicated to celebrating the Shiraz varietal. This year, that occasion fell onto the February 21st to March 1st week, for which iYellow Wine Club organized a tasting of 17 Australian Shirazes at their Wine Cave in Toronto. Available shirazes were quite well known brands, common to pretty much even the smallest of LCBO stores, so it was a great opportunity to be able to taste them side by side and to compare what Australia places on the shelves in general section (mostly) of the LCBO. The iYellow team has done a great job choosing the order to taste them in – starting with the least complex and containing residual sugar and moving onto dryer, typically older wines. Below are tasting notes of 12 Shirazes in the order that I’ve tasted them.

 

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The 2013 Jacob’s Classic Creek Shiraz has vegetal notes of green pepper, stems, plum and dates on the nose and plum and red currant on the palate. It is a medium bodied, perceivably extra dry/dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink this table wine with food, best now to 2018 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 86 pts.
Score 86 pts. $12.00 LCBO 548644
The 2013 Hardy’s Stamp Shiraz Cabernet has faint notes of red currant and plum on the nose and plum followed by figs on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Serve with pasta dishes, can take some spicy heat, now to 2017 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 85 pts.
Score 85 pts. $9.85 LCBO 338012
The 2012 Hardy’s Butcher’s Gold Shiraz Sangiovese has seductive aromas of black berry and black currant on the nose and red and black currants on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine, drink now to 2019 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87 pts – recommended on quality basis – acidity and body are in harmony.
RECOMMENDED Score 87 pts. $14.95 LCBO 219139
The 2012 Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz has fullish aromas of blackberry and prune on the nose + palate, and is also joined by dates on the latter. It is a medium to full bodied, dry/off-dry, fruity wine; with good acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Should pair well with spicy foods, drink now to 2017 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL to NICE, 86 pts.
Score 86 pts. $15.00 LCBO 333948
The 2012 Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz has expressive aromas of blackberry, black & red currants, together with subtle eucalyptus and graphite on the nose and blackberry with prune on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink with food – now to 2019+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts – with this complexity, the wine would score higher if it wasn’t for its notable sugar level, recommended none-the-less – especially when on LCBO’s limited time offer usually once a year.
RECOMMENDED Score 87-88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 189415
The 2012 Henry’s Drive H Syrah has impressive notes of black currant, blackberry, oak, vanilla and pencil lead on the nose and sour cherry, pomegranate, black cherry and oak on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity to integrated wine; with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine, drink now to 2020 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: quite NICE, 89+ pts – recommended for its quality (would fare better, too bad it is not extra-dry).
RECOMMENDED Score 89+ pts. $24.95 Vintages 402693
The 2013 Rosemount Diamond Shiraz has deep aromas of prune on the nose and prune, plum, red currant and wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with lively acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long finish. Enjoy this wine with food or by itself, drink now to 2018+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88 pts.
Score 88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 302349
The 2011 Tik Tok Pocketwatch Shiraz has elegant aromas of eucalyptus, graphite, pine, black cherry and blackberry on the nose and oak, vanilla, figs and red currant on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long, silky finish. This is a sipping wine, drink now to 2018+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – recommended for both, its quality and value.
RECOMMENDED Score 90-91 pts. $15.95 LCBO 187187
The 2013 JimJim (The Down-Underdog) Shiraz has lifted, green aromas of underbrush, sour cherry and wood on the nose and sour cherry and red currant on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, dry/off-dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink with food, drink now and for the next few years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts.
Score 87-88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 682005
The 2012 – 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif has appealing aromas of sour cherry and red currant on the nose and the palate, followed by black cherry. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with good, forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine, drink now and for the next few years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88 pts.
Score 88 pts. $18.95 LCBO 369777
The 2011 Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz, sourced from McLaren Vale and aged in a combination of French and American Oaks, has seductive aromas of succulent black currant, cigar box, oak and vanillin on the nose and blackberry, black currant and vanilla on the palate. It is medium to full bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; with good acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. This is a sipping wine – enjoy by itself; drink now to 2020-25 will get better in the next 5 or so years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – not recommended value-wise, but recommended for its quality (for this price, it better be good).
RECOMMENDED Score 92 pts. $34.95 LCBO 390872
The 2010 Small Gully The Formula Robert’s Shiraz has intense aromas of black currants, wood and dark chocolate on the nose and blackberry and black currant on the palate. It is a full bodied, extra-dry/dry, integrated wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. This is both food friendly and a sipping wine; drink now to and for the next 5+ years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 89-90 pts – recommended for its quality and value.
RECOMMENDED Score 89-90 pts. $19.95 Vintages 142935
The 2014 Yellow Tail Shiraz – this wine is too young to be even mildly enjoyable now, and hence should not be touched for at least two years after which I would gladly revisit it. Curent impression: DRINKABLE BUT WHY, 80-82 pts – not recommended despite being on LTO for $11 until March 29th
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Score 80-82 pts. $12.00 LCBO 624544

 

More about #ShirazWeek or other Aussie events, check out Aussie Wine 2015

 

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