Five smart new 2012 Shiraz under $30
I actually picked this five out before noticing that they were all 2012, but that’s of no surprise. It was a vintage that had many South Australian and Victorian Shiraz makers wetting themselves with excitement. The Eden Road is carried more on skillful winemaking than a superior vintage, marking another success for the Eden Road crew.
Eden Road Long Road Shiraz 2012 (Gundagai)
13%, Screwcap, $28
Unusual fruit sourcing for this re – 92% Gundagai, 5% Canberra and 3% Hilltops. The Eden Road boys aren’t afraid of taking a different approach and it certainly works here, balancing up the open easy, grape Hubba Bubba fruit richness (lifted up thanks to a little Viognier) with a dash of whole bunch spiciness. That 15% whole bunch makes plenty difference actually, giving shape and twiggy tannic firmness to what is a quite juicy, lightish sort of a wine. Pretty smart drinking, all said and done.
Buy online: Different Drop, Eden Road website
Soumah Shiraz 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13.2%, Screwcap, $25
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Buy online: Soumah website
Buy online: Veronique website
Chapel Hill Parsons Shiraz 2012 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $16
The Parsons Nose has become more and more of a Chapel Hill Shiraz in recent years, with the house style more evident than ever (which is a good thing). Full red berry richness on the nose, the palate grunty and rather grown up for this price point – big and round and inky. No finesse and less than perfect tannins, but gee this packs a helluva big black fruit punch for the dollars. 16.8/20, 89/100
Buy online: Dan Murphys, Auswine, Chapel Hill website
Taltarni Sparkling Shiraz 2012 (Victoria)
14%, Cork, $26
Buy online: Taltarni website
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