The nose sings of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet crème de cassis and mulberry, aromatic violets with a twist of blackcurrant leaf, if you were in any doubt as to the wines varietal provenance. The 2011 shows beautifully elegant on the palate but still offers plenty of dark, sweet fruits. The mint and leafy notes work as a nice counter point to the more luscious mulberry fruit. The cedary notes and fine grained tannin draw the wine to a long and focused finish. Primary, balanced and vibrant in youth, this wine is as appealing now as it will no doubt be in 3-5 years.
2011 d'Arenburg The Stump Jump ($10)
2013 Woop Woop Shiraz ($12)
A full-bodied and flavoursome wine, deep-hued with richly scented aromatics and a long, soft and juicy palate. Of lush mouthfeel, bursting with blackberry, blueberry jam and liquorice, this wine guarantees a true Australian Shiraz experience for consumption over the next 5 years.
2013 Kalleské Greenock Single Vineyard Shiraz ($40)
Greenock Shiraz 2013 is deep red-black in color. The bouquet immediately evokes a serious wine with a complexity of aromatics including dark berries, deep florals, cocoa, fresh fruit cake and sweet tobacco. The palate is rich and full-bodied displaying intense dark fruit complimented with subtle oak barrel nuances. Tannins are prominent, ensuring good longevity for the wine, however being natural they are still fine and integrated ensuring harmony in structure and balance. A dry but fruity lingering finish completes a very smart and pure wine. Greenock is a complex, refined and classy Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.
Wines of the Night
Dense purple red almost black. A powerful nose of ripe plums and succulent blackberries laced with a hint of cedar spice. Wow! Bella's as always shows amazing depth and power whilst maintaining an elegant fruit purity. Matured in all French oak, the majority being seasoned barrels, allowing the fruit to do the talking with only the merest hint of cedar oak to support the ripe plum and mulberry flavours. Finely woven tannins produce a long linear wine forming a race track like structure along the palate. Great length and persistency of flavour.
2007 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz ($60)