I picked it up via WineShopper for $12 but have seen it advertised elsewhere for less. At that price, this is a good go to during the week wine (i.e. for every day consumption). Ordered some of the 2009 vintage. Will see if it is as good of a year / vintage.
Medium-bodied and well-balanced. Juicy berry fruit, but not over-the-top. Easy drinking, with tannins muted. A nice wine to use as a gateway drug for new red drinkers, yet quite enjoyable for a seasoned enthusiast, as well. Terrific value.
13 Cdn. For that price this is a nice weeknight wine. We double decanted which we highly recommend. Did wonders for the bouquet and finish Took way some of the acidity we tasted at first undecanted. One and three quarters Yums! Will buy again. Enjoyed
Blind Tasting - New World Syrah and Red Blends; 1/17/2013-1/23/2013 (Woodley Park - Washington, DC): SRP: $17. Took some significant swirling to get the aromas going, then out came blackberry, roasted coffee and charcoal. Medium tannins, medium-to-low acid on the palate. The black cherry fruit tastes a bit baked and the roasted coffee and toasted oak overwhelm any nuanced flavors. A bit of pepper carries onto the finish, which is quite short. Overall, a mediocre attempt. I don't understand the Wine Spectator's 90 point score. A blend of 54% shiraz, 19% tempranillo, 17% mourvedre and 10% grenache.
- Ruby color with slow forming legs and aromas of blackberry. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of blackberry and black pepper with a medium body. Smooth texture with a medium finish - Good wine if you can find it at a fair price.
Light nose of fruit. Palate is on the richer side with sweet/ripe fruit but just medium bodied with needed level of acid and light tannin to balance that. Flavour profile is surprisingly kind of simple and non-descript for me, given the 4 varietals in the mix here...Don't get the "layers". The one note is a spin on the sour dark blackberry fruit quality with a touch of rose petal? Is tasty, smooth and easy to drink solo and with light food. Warm in nature. Decent experience for 17$ CAN - that is an everyday drinking wine value, good QPR.
13/20 * * 1/2b LCBO:17,95$c VISUEL: Rubis OLFACTF: au nez.... cassis brûlé. Typiquement Shiraz. Loin, loin de la finesse de la syrah GUSTATIF: Attaque sucrée, concentré, réduction. Un peu trop de type "B". Trop sirop, ça manque vraiment de finesse et cela devient vite "lourdaud". Pa s d'acidité suffisante pour soutenir cette masse assommante. ENSEMBLE: ça frappe et c'est sans relif. L'Australie comme je ne l'aime pas.