Four in Hand Shiraz 2012FIH

Style: Medium-bodied Red

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Tasting note: Quite delicate for a Barossa Shiraz, it is earthy on the nose and palate with some plum notes, white pepper and spice from the oak contact. Grainy tannins add a nice texture. It is a nicely layered wine with elegance and finesse.

Final Say: A wine that could easily be lost in a line-up of ‘boofhead’ Shiraz but one that deserves attention. $19.99

Score: 18 out of 20

Gapsted Shiraz 2010Gapsted

Style: Medium-bodied Red

Region: Clare Valley, SA & King Valley, VIC

Tasting note: Interesting region blending here results in a perfumed nose and a palate of plum, blackberry and savoury spice. It is quite a lean wine.

Final Say: Make ‘em lean, keep ‘em keen? $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

Penna Lane Shiraz 2010

Style: Full-bodied Red

Region: Clare Valley, SA

Tasting note: With coconut oak on the nose there was no surprise when these bold oak characters revealed themselves on the palate, along with underlying tones of plum and chocolate and a nice, velvety mouthfeel.

Final Say: Cape-wearing oak. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

Borambola Hiraji’s Spell Shiraz 2011Borambola

Style: Medium bodied red.

Region: Gundagai, NSW

Tasting note: A dusty, spicy seductress with bacon hints on the nose, and white pepper with delicate tones of blueberry and beetroot. It is lean where it needs to be and rich where it should be.

Final Say: Trade in the spice rack… $23.99 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Yarran Wines Leopardwood Shiraz 2012Leopardwood_Heathcote_Shiraz_2012a

Style: Mid-to-full-bodied Red

Region: Heathcote

Tasting note: A dusty, sneeze-inducing nose with elements of rich plum. The palate is full and rich with flavours of plum and blackberry, finishes dense with some ham bone notes.

Final Say: Full and rich, with typical Heathcote goodness. $16.99 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

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Tamburlaine Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 20122012-tamburlane-organic-cabernet_1

Style: Full-bodied Red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Overview: Let’s not tip toe here. Whenever a judge or wine critic sees the word ‘Organic’ on a label, we all give a little inward grown. The problem is that wine is becoming like fruit and vegetables in this respect. Some producers use the term ‘organic’ as marketing spin to sell their wine, rather than focusing on quality. Don’t get me wrong; there are more than a few producers who are making cracking wines that happen to be organic but more often than not, it’s not the term ‘organic’ that will sell those wines. This wine falls into the latter category, a cracking wine that just happens to be organic. Will there ever be a time that I can say the same for Natural Wines? (Bring on the haters).

Tasting note: An elusive nose, it gives nothing but the palate is generous and ripe with characters of plum and blackberry. This wine shows the hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon structure and big, chewy tannins. After this onslaught there are lingering notes of cedar oak and mocha.

Final Say: And the price! What a bargain. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20

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