Dodgy Bros. Shiraz 2013 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.7%, Screwcap, $29
|Yes, the label is upside-down|
I’ve been in the box seat for the evolution of Wes Pearson and co.’s Dodgy Bros wines, having seen the wines pretty much from the start (have a read of a few Dodgy reviews here).
Still, this is the best Dodgy wine I’ve tasted to date – and its a goodun.
Hand picked from two vineyards in the Sellicks foothills, this was matured in old French and one new American oak barrel, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Just 460 6 packs made.
What a riotous wine it is too. Floods your mouth with that liquid treacle and choc bullet ultra concentrated Sellicks foothills flavour. It’s plush and slick, warmly alcoholic yet unashamedly so (and it doesn’t stick out). Texturally it’s a dynamo, vanilla bean sweet oak lifting things right up, but that expansive, super smooth richness bringing you over the line
Large but lithe Vale Shiraz, this shows the warmth of the vintage, in a wonderfully polished and full form. Great value too.
Tasted: Nov 2014
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? If I was in the mood for a big Shiraz hit this would be a natural choice. The price is silly for the quality really.
Buy online: Dodgy Brothers (upside-down) website