Water Wheel Shiraz Plus 2014
90 pts Tanzer/Vinous
Inky ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries, licorice and cured meat on the pungent nose. Sharply focused dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. The smoky nuance repeats on the finish, which features building tannins and a hint of sweet mocha. — Josh Raynolds
The gold rush of the 1850’s brought many fortune seekers to Central Victoria. Years later, these ancient soils yield a new kind of liquid gold. Cold nights with very hot days, small bunches and berries ensure robust avors with great balancing acidity and lively tannin structures. As wonderful as Shiraz can be on its own, we decided to give this wine some added depth and complexity by blending in some other red varietals. The resulting wine is thus 91% Shiraz, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Pair this wine with BBQ’d meats or delicious cheeses.