Woodstock Shiraz 2010 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.9%, Screwcap, $25
A killer year for Vale Shiraz and this well packaged red does it well.
Seriously Inky coloured – a Bic dark red by my reckoning (the gel inks in the decent Bic pens, not the cheap gooey stuff), this is really rather juicy, flowing with deep blackberry fruit and minimal obvious oak influence. The palate too is all rich fruit in that round, sunny skies Vale style. Strictly speaking there isn’t much tannins to speak of and the alcohol stunts the finish a little but that plush mid palate is unquestionably attractive. Good modern Vale red.
Score: 17.2/20 90/100
Would I buy it? Maybe not. I’d recommend it though.