Category: Shiraz

  • Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz, 2017

    Another gift from Santa.  I must have been a very good boy in 2019.   We are doubly familiar with the less expensive Grenache-Shiraz, easy to source, easy to drink, although have never bothered to post a review.  The Woodcutter’s Shiraz, a top 100 2019 wine over at the Wine Spectator (with the 93 point […]

  • Nichol Syrah, 2016

    It’s been seven years since we’ve posted on the Nichol Syrah (!) which, seven years ago (2009 vintage), was something of a lovely treat.  The Nichol old vines are now, I guess, really old.  We were anticipating the current offering to have some wow, some heavy authenticity, but were quickly disabused of that notion.  In […]

  • La Frenz Syrah, Rockyfeller Vineyard, 2016

    We found the same pronounced acid as the Cl 21B Riesling, but palatable and welcome.   First sip is grape Kool Aid drink crystals.  It really is that strong.  Then a not too wholesome hit of uber alcoholic cherry and plum with the requisite oak.  Despite the 14.9% we loved the jammy fullness and mouth […]

  • Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz, 2012

    Entry level LE is expensive.  Even in Western Australia.  Even at the vineyard in Margaret River.  It’s just how it goes.  And it’s not always brilliant (witness our rather uninspired taste of the Art Series Riesling).  But most of the time it is brilliant.  It has a modesty and restraint, across most varietals, something you […]

  • Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drézéry, 2013

    We drank three bottles before I got down on my hands and knees and made a formal commitment.   Almost impossible to find, which I take to mean BC Liquor is no longer importing, but if you can find it it’s worth it.  A gem.   Online reviews referred to it as new world, modern, […]

  • Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache, 2015

    Gismondi loved this wine and so did we.  We’re not always on the same wavelength but this was synchronicity.  Wow. Just sip it.  Just sip it to appreciate it.  Slowly.  If you can make it last make it last.  Shiraz Grenache but it could be port in its seamless blend.  It is gentle (compared to […]

  • Clos du Soleil Syrah, 2014

    Assertive and heartwarming all at once.  I would characterize this as rough around the edges and needing some lie time (but with a screw top the question of how or what will improve is a hot topic particularly when you tour the Okanagan and engage with the vintners).  No reviewer would ever write it, but […]

  • Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette, 2015

    Superb.  Despite the expense.  Dreamy in its silkiness and so refined against the many Oz Shiraz-zzz on the BC Liquor shelves.  Berry beautiful.  A sweet raspberry toppled by a more acidic black currant and a hint of maraschino.  Great as a sipper, not too bad with food, generous on the finish like a much more […]

  • McPherson Chapter Three Shiraz, 2012

    According to Gismondi, wine drinkers shun Shiraz.  I guess wine drinkers don’t eat pizza.  Because, I must say, Shiraz and pizza are as good as Barbaresco and pizza: Heavenly.   The Chapter Three comes on strong with some serious pepper kick, but it mellows on the palate with a round, juicy, berry mix of cherry […]

  • Emiliana Coyam, 2012

    The label, with all the plaudits, looks like the poster for a 1970s disaster movie: The Towering Inferno or Earthquake, bursting to the seams with A list stars brushing up against B list character actors.  Points, points, points, points.  I’m afraid, despite the hype, this was mildly impressive.  And only.   Gismondi recommended this Syrah […]