Revolution Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2006
This brawny single vineyard Shiraz made by female winemaker Corrina Rayment is extremely well-composed, unfiltered, and packaged in an unusual angular bottle that recalls an expensive bottle of balsamic. Heady aromas of smoked bacon fat and barnyard lead into an equally meaty and fleshy palate that boasts succulent blackberry and boysenberry fruit, cracked black pepper, and warm layers of mocha and dark chocolate. This is by no means a shy wine, yet despite its relatively high alcohol content, it still manages to come off balanced and very sophisticated.
A big jammy Shiraz - blackberries, deep plum, and a bit of earth, game, and smoke to go with it - but not too much. Overall a really good every day "feeling like a big wine" bottle to have around, especially when the 8 other wines you try in this price range leave you bored... Will consider buying a case - and I don't say that often...
Three and a half glasses
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Glass-staining ruby. Fresh cherry, blackberry and anise on the nose, with building spiciness and a smoky, floral quality; smells like a northern Rhone wine. Lush dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like power and depth, with bright acidity adding spine. Candied violet and licorice notes linger on the long, sappy, refreshingly spicy finish.
The 2006 Shiraz ldquo;Revolutionrdquo; was fermented with native yeasts and spent 9 months in stainless steel and two-year-old hogsheads. Purple-colored, this ldquo;terroir-drivenrdquo; wine has a complex perfume of earth, mineral, sausage, game, truffle, and blueberry that borders on kinky. This leads to a full-bodied, plush, sweet, dense wine with exquisite balance and length. Drink this excellent value over the next 6ndash;8 years.
Comes out of the chute a bit tarry and rubbery, but seems to come around with some time in the glass, offering a lush, dense texture and flavors of coffee and black olive that finally show some berry shadings on the finish.
Red wines $20 and over. Recommended and tasted, but no tasting note given.
Inky ruby. Extremely pungent, northern Rhone-like nose of blackberry, iron, resiny herbs, flowers and black olive. Broad and rich, with deeply concentrated dark berry liqueur flavors, lightly chewy tannins and building sweetness. Turns more strongly floral and sweet with air, finishing with strong notes of bitter cherry and cassis. This powerhouse will need some serious food.
For value, the knock-out 2005 Shiraz Revolution (100% Shiraz aged in French oak, of which 15% is new, for one year) displays a full-bodied, beautifully pure style with plenty of blackberries, pepper, and spice. With terrific intensity, sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and plenty of glycerin, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years.
Has a smoky edge to the dark berry flavors. Finishes a bit hot, with hints of licorice and pepper. Best after 2008.