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Outstanding Shiraz Value, $9.99 and 91-Points - Lowest Price in the Country - 02/27/2018 - Australia

At a lowest-in-country price of $9.99 and with great critical acclaim, the 2015 The Opportunist Shiraz is one of the best red wine values going. We were immediately taken aback by how fresh, lively, and delicious it is. A core of blue and black fruit is bolstered by touches of baking spice and engaging minerality. Made in a crowd-pleasing style, it is a very versatile Shiraz that’s excellent to sip on its own, but also has enough body and structure to pair with a wide array of dishes. Simply put, it has everything we look for in an everyday house red. From the former winemaker at Nepenthe, this 2015 has an excellent prediree and it really shows. Best of all, we were able to secure the super low price of $9.99, making it an outstanding value that too good to miss. There are lots of sub-$10 wines out there, but most are pretty one dimensional, so when one this dynamic and delicious comes along we load up and you should too!

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2015 The Opportunist Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia ($9.99)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Peter Leske, the original winemaker at Nepenthe who bought that winery and renamed it Revenir, has partnered with Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke, both MWs and both directors of Alliance Wine in the UK. Together, their projects include Thistledown and One Chain in South Australia, their goal to emphasize freshness by picking just prior to peak ripeness rather than after. They sourced fruit for this shiraz from Langhorne Creek, presenting a wine thats light and just luscious enough to surround all of its spicy, cumin-edged acidity in sour-cherry and plum-pit flavors, as cool as a forest floor."

K&L Notes: A stunning value in Aussie Shiraz. Winemaker's Notes: "As for all of our wines, the fruit for the Opportunist is picked on the way up to ripeness rather than on the way down. This way we achieve freshness and energy but not at the expense of flavour. We retain as many whole berries as possible to increase vibrancy and succulence. Winemaking is simple and is followed by 8 months on oak to increase texture and varietal expression."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 19, 2018

A dynamite value in Aussie Shiraz. None of the stereotypical over the top ripeness here - Langhorne Creek's ocean influenced climate and the limestone rich soils have given this wine beautiful freshness and balance to go with the juicy black and blue fruit, spice and bramble. The wine is med-full bodied with a succulent texture and lovely purity. Really a stunning value to get this wine for under $10!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

This is a different take on Aussie Shiraz than most of our customers are used to as it comes from Langhorne Creek in South Australia. The cooling maritime influence this region possesses give this wine a lighter, slightly more saline/mineral-driven style instead of a deep, rich, supple one. There is still plenty of fruit here to showcase the varietal, but it's presented in a different way than from a region such as the Barossa. If you've been avoiding Shiraz from Oz because you think it's too fat or high in alcohol, or if you just want to taste a good, interesting Shiraz, this wine should be your next buy.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

This is not what you would expect looking at the label, and it has an awesome label. This is not a fruit bomb, it has plenty of dark berry fruit with a little bit of earth and touch of spice and a wisp of classic savory Syrah. It has just enough tannin to back the fruit and give a sense of restraint. An ideal middle of the week, red wine.