Top 100 Red Wines 2019 selected by Wine expert Ray Jordan

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Ray Jordan is WA's most well-known wine writer, he's been a wine writer for almost 40 years and is renowned for his annual Western Australian Wine Guide. Ray is the Wine Editor for Seven West Media, and writes weekly columns in The West Australian and the West Weekend magazine, while also contributing to other publications. Ray knows what's up. If you don't know Ray, now is the time to get acquainted with his immaculate palate, well not directly, but via Ray's top 100 Red Wines.

Ray's done the hard yards for you, whittling down 650 red wines to just his top 100 red wines our great wine country. We've done you one better and selected our top 20 of his shortlist AND got these to a store near you AND supplied you, dear reader, with tasting notes for each wine. Stocks on these wines are limited, so run, don't walk, to your local Liquor Barons ASAP to avoid disappointment.

  


Ray's Award for Best of the besT

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Leeuwin Estate 2016 Art Series shiraz

It’s an interesting combination of predominantly shiraz plus 5% malbec and a 1% dollop of viognier. Aromas are quite beautiful with cherry scents and a touch of floral apricot pith. The energy and lift in the palate appears to have been the result of 20% whole bunch use. This is clearly one of the finest shiraz from Leeuwin displaying complexity at another level. A hint of cracked pepper and licorice add to the complexity. Outstanding.

RAY'S SCORE: 96/100


Best Value
RED WINE 

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Wise 2018 sea urchin shiraz

One of the best under this label I have tasted. A real bonus to be getting it at less than $15. Love the generous soft and plush palate profile. Seems to be some mighty good fruit in here. Sensational value if you can get it cheaper.

RAY'S SCORE: 93/100

Best Value
RED RUNNER UP

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Vasse Felix 2017 classic dry red

A beautiful shiraz that has the stamp of class indelibly imprinted. It’s always been a very good wine, but this has been refined and repositioned to deliver another level of stylish sophistication.

RAY'S SCORE: 93/100

 

Runner Up
best wine under $15

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Houghton 2016 Red Classic

You get a real bang for your buck with this gold medal winning red blend. The slightly tannic vintage in 2016 has helped add some spine without compromising the velvety smooth supple characters that offer such a palate full of goodies. Plum and blackcurrant mix is thoroughly delicious.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

Runner Up
best wine under $20

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Taylors Estate 2017 shiraz

Structured and poised in a way you don’t often get at this price point. This is high class stuff from the Clare Valley. Sinewy fine tannins and a liberal coating oak add their influence to the sweet ripe fruit. Just gets it right.

RAY'S SCORE: 93/100


Our Top Picks from Ray Jordan’s Top 100

under $15

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hesketh 2017 midday somewhere shiraz

Another star of previous years right back in form with a plush soft and flavoursome shiraz from the Limestone Coast, where drinkability is the key. These guys are making some mighty good wines at super prices.

RAY'S SCORE: 89/100

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Johnny Q 2015 Shiraz

This is a super example of this blend with the spicy ginger notes of viognier wafting over the top. Really attractive sweet raspberry fruit with the feature being the balance between the white highly perfumed viognier and the deep rich shiraz. Nails it.

RAY'S SCORE: 89/100

 
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Deep Woods 2017 Ebony Cabernet shiraz

Another of the best budget buys that hits the mark year in and year out. Spicy plummy chocolate and blackcurrant fruit in abundance. A light touch of spicy oak completes a well-presented package.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

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Houghton 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lots of blackcurrant fruit in this wine which never ceases to amaze me with its quality in this price category. Reliable as Shannon Hurn in defence. Suspect some decent quality fruit has been used here. Has a structure you just don’t usually get at this price point.

RAY'S SCORE: 91/100

 
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Amelia Park 2017 Trellis Cabernet Merlot

The star of a few years ago is now well established as one of the best value for money wines on the market. Comes from the classy winemaking of Jeremy Gordon at Amelia Park. Plenty of punchy fruit here with a lick of oak to lift and balance.

RAY'S SCORE: 90/100

 
 

$15 - $20

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Wise 2016 leaf series Cabernet Sauvignon

Sourced from Margaret river, this is a classy cabernet with lifted perfumes of cherry and violets. Deep dark fruits on the palate. Excellent wine with a degree of polish.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

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Hay Shed Hill 2017 Cabernet Merlot

Opens with a distinct leafy blackcurrant fruitiness on the nose. The palate is well crafted with a nice mix of firmish cabernet and plumper merlot. It all hangs together into a perfectly controlled package.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

 
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Deep Woods 2017 Shiraz Et Al

Generous soft and fruity with spicy floral aromas and a thoroughly delicious palate. The balance of sweet supple fruit and fine chalky slightly gravelly tannins really hits the right notes to give the wine a personality.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

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Ferngrove 2018 Black Label Melbec

Malbec has been a winner in Frankland River for years. His is another excellent wine with blackberry and spicy plum notes and just a hint of spice. Lively brilliantly coloured palate bounces from the glass. Gorgeous little wine.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

 

$20 - $25

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Yalumba 2017 Samuel’s Collection barossa Shiraz

Pure Barossa shiraz here with the fleshy savoury plum notes of ripe fruit. A hit of oak supports with grainy tannins throwing in their lot. A wine for drinking over the next few years while those primar characters are so dominance.

RAY'S SCORE: 92/100

Willow Bridge 2018 Dragonfly Shiraz

Right on the money for this style from Geographe. Generous and fleshy with deep plummy and slightly savoury fruit characters. Delicious drinking with fine tannins in support.

RAY'S SCORE: 91/100

 
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Jacob’s Creek 2017 signature Shiraz

Vibrant and juicy shiraz from this famous region. A very modern style but still with the deep roots of the Barossa present. Generous and finely balanced. Great medium-term drinking while the fruit is in its primary phase.

RAY'S SCORE: 91/100

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Langmeil 2017 The Long Mile shiraz 

An engaging mix of perfumes and spices with a liberal dusting of Barossa dirt. Generous and smooth textured with a plush delicious mouth feel. Yummo.

RAY'S SCORE: 91/100

 

$25 - $40

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Kalleske 2017 Moppa Shiraz

Beautiful example of an earthy Barossa shiraz delivering stacks of concentrated flavours. It also has a little petit verdot and viognier thrown in to add some depth and lift at the same time. Generous plummy licoricey fruit with supporting tannins and neatly applied oak.

RAY'S SCORE: 93/100

Vasse Felix 2016 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

A mighty good cabernet to be the third tier of Vasse’s cabernet dominant brigade. This has slightly more palate grunt than the previous wines but still with that distinctive angular style. Plenty of leafy back fruits with an edge of savoury black olive. Super wine in this price range.

RAY'S SCORE: 94/100

 

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