ZEMA ESTATE 2009 SHIRAZ $ 25
Coonawarra, SA 14.5 per cent
Zema Estate have done consumers the uncommon favour of ageing this wine for them, releasing it when the minty, herbal, ripe plummy characters and drying tannins have come together to produce a lovely mellow and balanced, food- friendly drop that still has more good years ahead of it.
MOUNT AVOCA 2010 SHIRAZ $ 28
Pyrenees, Vic 13 per cent
Aromatic, elegantly built and medium bodied, a touch of viognier has lifted and brightened the wine’s succulent red berry and spicy flavours on a palate that is smoothly textured and pleasingly fresh and juicy before a soft, lingering finish.
VOYAGER ESTATE 2011 SHIRAZ $ 38
Margaret River, WA 13.8 per cent
A lovely, tightly knit drop with intense blackberry and liqueur cherry flavours and subtle, spicy oak on a smooth, deeply complex palate. Balanced and structured around good acid and firm, savoury tannins, it will be even better in a few years.
TAYLORS 2009 ST ANDREWS SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ $ 60
Clare Valley, SA 14.5 per cent
Bedecked with so many gold medals, national and international judges obviously like this fruitsweet, essency and vanilla- oaky style of shiraz more than I do. While rich and plush, it is well- balanced and many readers will love it, especially with a nicely charred bit of beef.