Who knew? I like Shiraz. This is a good bottle from South Australia. JPH unscrewed the bottle while he was brazing lamb shanks for dinner. The smell drew me in to the kitchen and I had a pleading look on my face. Since it would be silly for me to bury my head in the braising pot (I was starving), I appeased my appetite by pouring a glass and starting a review.
First pour: mmmm a mouth full of blackberries. Good, fresh blackberries. No oak to speak of and not much of a finish. It was mouth watering. There was a bit of an after burn, I looked at the bottle and realized that it was 14.5%. Yikes. A good, strong wine - to say the least.
After the Vinturi: Not much of a difference. I wouldn't bother. Just take a big fruity sniff, have a big, fruity mouthful and enjoy this wine. We pay a Gold Coast premium on this wine, I know that it can be had for a lot less that $14.99. If you like a nice fresh, fruity Shiraz, I would go for it.