A brace of WA Shiraz
I’ve been nursing an epic hangover today after an evening out drinking with the Ashmead brothers (of Elderton wines) and a few other likely suspects. It wasn’t the volume of alcohol that really killed me though, it was finishing off a shot of Patron liqueur at 1:30am and then having to get back up at 5am to get a flight back home…
Anyways, I’m bringing myself back into the land of the living tonight with litres of soda water and a look at two very promising WA Shiraz, both of which I liked (for different reasons).
Singlefile Frankland River Shiraz 2010 14.5% $37
The cheaper of these two wines but of a very similar quality level. Different style mind you.
Lots of purple berries – glossy purple/black berries and just a little cabanossi. In other words, cool clime Shiraz a go-go. Mid weight palate is juicy and black fruited, initially quite ripe and round, but also dry and heightened by snappy acidity. What brings you back is the layers of flavour, with a clove and licoricey savoury blackness, topped off with a dry finish and warming alcohol.
I liked this. It’s a more secondary wine than the Plantagenet, likely to drink better younger and be more interesting in the shorter term. Great to see a characterful wine under the Singlefile label too, which has taken a while to produce genuinely interesting wines. 18.5/20, 94/100
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