Barossa Valley, Australia; 14.5% ABV; screw cap
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 March
This wine had a bit of the funkiness I’ve come to associate with reds in screw capped bottles, but it airs out after an hour or so. After about two hours in a decanter, this wine is incredible, at least if you like over-the-top powerhouse wines.
The intense dark fruit, with somewhat blackened character, shows flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry, eucalyptus, bacon, and darker cranberry. If you like your wine to beat you up, this is for you. For the price, this wine is terrific.
There is also a 2009 Rocland Estate Grenache. When I held this bottle of Shiraz up to the light in the store, I could not see through it. The Grenache, however, was easily transparent. I will probably try the Grenache just because the Shiraz is so amazing, but I’m not expecting it will be so good.