Category: Shiraz

  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Les Esqueyrons Rasteau, 2016

    Screw you Jeb Dunnuck.  Honestly, 94 points with a “thrillingly concentrated vibe on the palate.”  Can I tell you what the vibe is?  It’s fortified wine.  This bottle (lovely, yes, silky, smooth as fabric softener, heady and toxic) is 16.5% alcohol.  This is a silent derringer.  It’s a killer.  A silent effing killer.  And all […]

  • Penfolds Bin 29 Kalimna Shiraz, 2018

    And so it goes, another year unfolds. From the cellar: A Wine Spectator top 100 from 2020 (#41 in fact), gifted under the tree last Christmas, this lay in our own cellar an additional year. I mean not since 1972, but still. 2021, the year so many of us gave up (on travel, on shopping, […]

  • Chateau Villegly Minervois, 2018 & Mitolo Jester Shiraz, 2018

    Thud and plunk.  Epic fail of the pointsters. Let’s start with the Robert Parker 90 pointer, the Oz red.  Heavy as lead.  What a walloping clunk of everyday red.  We were expecting a fruit forward, peppery Shiraz with a touch of black currant.  But it was less than full bodied, rather one-note, and really not […]

  • Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2016

    So, you know, we are still drinking off of Christmas gift certificates, and we decided to ante up for a South African Syrah of some note. The best South African wines seem antique, rooted in a tradition long gone in North America, Australia, South America.  This is strikingly Syrah, brazen, while at the same time […]

  • Naramata Bench Wineries

    Last weekend of October we went to the Okanagan for a wine weekend.  It was archetypally fall; cool, crisp, sunny, quiet.  Trees had turned, apples were being harvested in the orchards, and the BC Lieutenant Governor’s wine awards had just been released—the vineyards were well stocked with award winners.  We ate good food, we drank […]

  • Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz, 2016

    Gosh, for a blog that brags about being anti-pointster, we sure do seem on a point-driven jag.  92 it is. Is it good wine?  Yes.  Is it good Shiraz? Yes; fruity, licorice, earthy, “all the usuals” if you will.  Truly, a typical and satisfying Oz Shiraz.  But: Is it ludicrously over the top alcoholic?  Yes, […]

  • Cote du Rhone Halos de Jupiter, Vacqueyras

    This is a Grenache Syrah blend that is a slam dunk.  Just wow and wow and wonderful.   BC Liquor sells the entry level Cotes du Rhone; it’s fine in its own way, I recommend it on a wine list because for $40 something you can have a decent bottle of red with dinner out […]

  • Cape Mentelle Shiraz Cabernet, 2017

    Well here’s a blast from the past.  Remember when BC Liquor carried Cape Mentelle?  No, I bet you don’t, because it’s been about a decade.  Their workhorse Sem Sauv Bl blend was one of those relatively inexpensive everyday whites of much utility.  We miss it.   This is not their finest moment.  And they do […]

  • Tightrope Shiraz, 2016

    Gismondi liked it.  I think a lot, so we got a bottle. And it was beyond a pass.  Just totally forgettable.  But we bought another bottle a few weeks later.  Props to our local producers, right?  And the second time round it was fine.  You know, a half decent red.  It was easy to drink […]

  • Errazuriz Aconagua Costa Syrah, 2016

    Oh James Suckling.  How mediocre does a wine have to be to score less than 93 points?  Crikey.   This perfectly palatable and in many ways lovely red is on the simple side; an authentic 93 point Shiraz is the Torbreck, reviewed here.  This subtle contender is just that, a contender. And not even a […]