Peter Lehmann Drawcard Shiraz Mataro 2010
AUD$25. This is the first time I have seen this label from PL, and thought it reasonably priced to warrant a go. It pours a crimson black colour with a dark ruby rim, and boasts an attractive, medium weighted nose of violets and blackcurrant fruit. The aromas are clean, with no distractions in the background. The fruit was sourced from several low-yielding vineyards from around the Barossa, and the resulting dry, full-bodied wine weighs in at 14.5% but you’re unlikely to find that offensive. That’s because the rich flavours of blackcurrant and black cherry, paired with the high level of acidity makes this a delicious drink with chocolate mousse topped with luscious cream and sliced strawberries, then dusted generously with cocoa powder. I’m sure you could have this with a grilled steak, but it was just so much more exciting with dessert! The tannins are well-integrated into the wine, and aren’t a distraction, serving their purpose to provide a framework for this robust wine. Drink now – 2010.
Kilikanoon Kavel's Flock Shiraz 2010
Announcing it’s presence for 2013, this Clare Valley outpost is proudly trumpeted as James Halliday’s Winery of the Year. With an impressive lineup of wines which umbrella the Clare, Barossa and McLaren Vale, the Kavel’s Flock Shiraz is one label you won’t find on their website, being exclusive to the Dan Murphy’s chain for a reasonable $17. Named after the Pastor who led this flock of German Lutherans into the Barossa Valley, this dark ruby coloured wine exudes slightly reductive aromas of crushed caramelised hazelnuts, bay leaf and raspberries. Silky texture, high acidity with sappy tannins which initially leave your mouth sucked off life, but the ripe fruit flavours kick back in and return the colour. Blackcurrant and raspberry flavours dominate into a somewhat persistent finish. The young tannins at this time will hold up well over the next few years. Drink 2015 – 2020.
A couple of Barossa Valley wines across vintages
- Reply by Ivesreeves, Jul 24, 2013.
Your review of the 2010 Lehman Drawcard reminded me I had a bottle of my own cellared away, inspiring a sip or two here. I concur with your review and might even add pink peppercorn and black cherry to the profile. The 14.5% alcohol is not off-putting but rather adds to the intended boldness of this wine. This is an excellent bottle of wine. The silhouette of actor Raymond Burr as Detective Ironside circa 1971 on the label is a bit odd, however.