This Tokar Estate Carafe & Tumbler Pinot Shiraz 2020 is, very simply, a good drink.
It shouldn’t need to be anything else. Especially with the name of ‘Carafe and Tumbler’. No, it should be a light and fruity wine of simplicity but not much depth. Tumbler meet light red.
Yet for what is an easy-drinking Yarra quaffer this is really quite concentrated. Martin Siebert’s light red has actual flavour – concentrated, well-handled, and joyously ripe, packed full of surprising Pinot fruit, topped up with darker Shiraz berries. There aren’t any tannins to speak of, but that’s the only quibble because the evenness and the balance is excellent. It’s a triumph. A statement that says ‘why shouldn’t we take light reds seriously’. A Beaujolais Villages from someone good, yet with an Aussie accent.
What a win. Best drinking: now, for maximum effect. 18/20, 93/100. 13.5%, $25. Tokar Estate website. Would I buy it? In a heartbeat.
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