2008 Water Wheel Shiraz Plus (+) Bendigo Victoria (Elsewhere $13)
The front label should read Shiraz Malbec Cabernet, but that is a pedantic quibble about a full-flavoured wine, with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit from the minor partners. Great value, and will cellar well.
Nicely lifted, with a juiciness to the ripe blackberry, coffee and spice flavors, all wafting easily through the minerally finish. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made. –HS
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Red fruits and exotic spices on the nose. Supple, sweet and energetic in the mouth, offering flavors of raspberry, cherry and spicy oak. The spicy finish features fine-grained tannins, a hint of vanilla and persistent spiciness.
91 Nick Stock The Age / Sydney Morning Herald GOOD WINE GUIDE 2011: "Look out, they’ve done it again up at Water Wheel, delivering one of Australia’s best value reds, a blend of shiraz, malbec and cabernet sauvignon. The nose is a mix of bright, ripe dark fruits: plums, cassis, blackberries and more. Terrific weight and poise on the palate, flavours follow the aromas, and tannins skate smoothly through the finish. Amazing value here."