Taltarni T Series Victoria Shiraz 2009 (Victoria)
14%, Screwcap, $17
A blend of Shiraz with a little Mourvedre and Viognier, the fruit sourced from Pyrenees and Heathcote. The clever use of a little extra residual sugar (just 4g/L which is barely perceptible)
only helps the drink now appeal of this Shiraz, and given that it is available from Taltarni for under $13, seriously good value drinking too.
It smells ripe and juicy, with red fruit and mocha fruit, obviously ripe and generous. There is a bit more of the traditional Taltarni dry tannins and ‘French’ structure but otherwise it looks utterly modern.
Plump but not excessively, confected with a very solid, meaty black fruit heart, this is exactly what you want in a $15 Shiraz. really. 2010 should be a step up again.
Score: 16.5/20 88/100
Would I buy it? Not personally, but I’d recommend it with gusto.