I think it is time for some reds. Apart from my current exploration of scotches, I love red wine and at present would say, it is my current drink of choice. Once upon a time, I preferred sweet wines, especially dessert wines, but my tastes have changed. Now I tend to go for drier reds. I must admit, I haven’t convinced my fiancée on reds yet (Haha I will win her over to reds one day).
For something a little bit different, I decided to tackle South Australian wines and do a bit of a review on them. Why did I decide this? Well I have never really been fond of South Australian wines. It just hasn’t been wine for my palate, so I thought why not give it another go. I think it may have been the tannins, that don’t quite agree with my tongue.
I’ve really loved more of the cool climate wines, such as out of Pemberton or otherwise wine out of the Hunter Valley, has also been my go to. Well all in all, I have to say the South Australian wines I chose, made me pleasantly surprised. I was glad to have decided to explore them.
My philosophy on wine is, that a bottle of wine could have more medals than a field marshal and you could still not like it. When ever you drink an alcoholic drink, especially with wine you can taste completely different things to me or the next person. My thorough opinion is, you personally should try the wine you want to know more about and make up your own mind. It’s the most subjective experience there is. Anyway down to tasting.
Penfolds – Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2016
Nose: Quite aromatic, bit of spice.
Tongue: Blackberries, currants. Quite strong tannins (Tannins are a bit like black tea flavour).
I think I find the tannins rather sharp on this one and very present, but overall there are some nice blackberries and currant flavours. I’d say if it were up to me, I think I would prefer an older bottle of this wine.
Stoney Fell – The Cellars Shiraz Cabernet 2013
Nose: Smells fruity with a hint of eucalyptus, a little spice.
Tongue: Cherry, plum, eucalyptus and a hint of pickle. Acids and tannins have a little bite. Smooths and softens on the tongue over time.
Price: $15.99, but I found for a 2 bottle for 1 price special.
Overall quite nice, but I think I want to experiment by leaving the second bottle for a few years. The presence of eucalypt amidst the flavours and on the nose is a delight.
Wolf Blass – Reserve Release Shiraz 2016
Nose: Spice, pepper, slight oakiness and eucalypt. A bit of blueberries?
Tongue: Very lavish in flavour, fruit and spice. Warmth and extremely smooth tannins. So soft.
Price: $13.90 I was extremely surprised at the price for the amazing taste.
I think of the three, I love this one the most. It is very easy to drink, I think too easy in many ways. The eucalyptus flavour and smell, is much more present than the other wine bottle.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised. All drops of red were quite nice in their own ways. What did I learn most? I have a love for Langhorne Creek grapes and I think, I really need to explore the wine from that area in South Australia. Why? Well Langhorne creek is a flood plain and it really seems to capture the eucalypt flavour in the grapes and subsequently the wine. I can only surmise when it floods, maybe the eucalyptus oil is washed through the vineyards of the area and the grapes then absorb it, giving the distinct flavour. Haha don’t quote me, that is a guess. I’d say most of them could easily be paired with beef or meaty dishes, some spaghetti bolognaise, dark chocolate or maybe a cheese board.
If I had to choose, but one wine. I admit I really loved the Wolf Blass drop the most. I mean, if every bottle is like that, it is a very fine red. The only thing finer is the price. Next time, I think I might cover the South Australian wine areas in more detail. Maybe I’ll find bottles from McLaren vale, Eden Valley and Coonawarra drop.
* All experience and opinions are my own, in no affiliation to any work or occupation. The wine drank I personally bought and paid for. Your experiences may also be completely different to mine, as drinks are all personal taste.