By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2011 | Send Email
Far too many wonderful wines are relegated to obscurity because they fail to captivate the eye when lying patiently recumbent on our shelves. I could name a hundred wines or more that fall into that category, like those mutable, marbled moths in the Amazon rainforest that so merge and blend into the tawny background as to remain unnoticed, and to their survival, often ignored. Point being, that without prior knowledge of the specific wine or region, many customers will gloss over dozens of wine labels, their eyes moving along until….aha, what is this, a tattoo design? A coquettish, curvaceous woman in bright red silk, echoing a different era, when such brazen images adorned squadrons of planes and warships during the Second World War- yes, alright, but wine, how is the wine? As Jimmy C., our intrepid and consummate Commonwealth buyer noted, this is 'serious' stuff, built from the soil up, with enough powerful, energetic juice to start your engine— the slightly cooler McLaren Vale is home to some of the most polished, effortlessly-smooth and spicy Shiraz wines in all of Australia, where the climate often willingly cooperates with the vines, allowing perfect ripening, good acidity and tinges of iron-red minerality and minty eucalyptus, without compromising attractive berry sweetness, smooth spice and irrepressible blackberry and cola flavors. A lot of pleasure in an attractive bottle.