Does size matter?

Shiraz comes in all shapes and sizes – here are three very different but equally delicious examples to titillate you through your Easter long weekend…

2015 Thistledown, One Chain Vineyard, The Opportunist Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

“This is what some friends of mine might refer to as a ‘juicy banger’.  It is bright and vibrant on the nose with red raspberry characters and silky smooth blackberry and spice – it promises a good time.  On the palate it is a totally different ball game: savoury, spicy, stemmy and structured.  It is a wine of extremes… the nose continues to pull me in, the palate constantly surprising.  “As for all of our wines, the fruit for One Chain Vineyard The Opportunist Shiraz 2015 is picked on the way up to ripeness rather than on the way down.” It is fresh and energetic – the palate leaving a decidedly rustic old-world vibe, yet it is modern and delicious.  Great value, and an intriguing drink.  92 points, and $20”

2013 Castelli, Empirica, Mt Barker Syrah

“Tomato leaf, black pepper, black berries, blood plum and blackcurrant – this is good solid shiraz from the Great Southern – it practically shouts its regionality from the glass.  It is balanced with great structure, the persistent, savoury tannins frame the black fruit and create awesome length.  For lovers of shiraz with both oomph and finesse – this one’s for you. 93 points and $32”

2014 Yalumba, The Paradox, Barossa Shiraz

“Part of the Distinguished Sites range, this is rich, opulent, silky and lush.  Barossa at its finest: although not overblown and extraverted. It is bright and juicy initially, paving the way for an injection of inky fruit, crushed black pepper, liquorice and blackberries on the palate.  Dark and brooding, the old vine material really steps up the concentration in this wine.  94 points, and $48”