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A couple of Barossa Valley wines across vintages

Posted by Terence Pang, Jul 24, 2013.

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.

Peter Lehmann Drawcard Shiraz Mataro 2010 Barossa Valley South Australia


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. 

Kilikanoon Kavel's Flock Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley Clare Valley South Australia


Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2011

AUD$28RRP. Now in its fifth year (half way to a decent vertical!), the 2011 version of the Moppa shiraz is undoubtedly dissimilar from the 2009 and 2010. And I like it. Sure, the 09 and 10 had the purity of fruit, but I feel that the role of the alcohol played a huge part in imparting some of that royalty. And I might be biased since I am fully aware of the vintage conditions. After two stellar vintages, to say the 2011 was largely a wash-out is phrasing it mildly. However, this 2011 has turned out more restrained whilst not losing the fruit or its structural integrity. Intense dark ruby colour with a purple-garnet rim. Lifted florals with aromas of smashed black cherries, salted plums, dried herbs and black pepper. A different edge owing to the splash of Viognier and Petit Verdot. Silky texture, a medium+ bodied wine with high acidity and a moderate level of powdery tannins. 14% alc. Earthy flavours of kirsch, dark chocolate, clove and blackcurrant licorice. Drink now – 2018.

Kalleske Moppa Shiraz Viognier Petit Verdot 2011 Barossa Valley Biodynamic


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.   

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