Once in a while I like to swim a little further upstream and explore some higher priced wines like this one that clocked in at $45.99 at my Costco. I wanted something outside of Cabernet from Napa or Bordeaux, and was hoping to find a different varietal from somewhere else in the world of wine.
So a Barossa Valley Shiraz was a natural pick. I’ve tasted this wine once before, several vintages ago and I can’t remember exactly which one, but I remember being impressed.
I also remember this wine being a lot more than $46, and a quick Google search will confirm that this is indeed a killer price. This bottle goes for $70 on Wine.com.
One other thing you’ll notice when Googling this wine is that it typically scores huge point ratings from the critics, pretty consistently in the 93-94 point range. I take these with a grain of salt, but given the consistency year to year, and reviewer to reviewer, I’d say it’s a good sign, especially combined with my positive past experiences with the wine.
So, let’s dig in. The wine is not super dark on the pour; you can see through around the edges; started a little tight out of the bottle, but some decant time brought it to life. It’s drinking nice now but would benefit from a few more years in the bottle.
The wine has a beautiful nose, distinctive and pleasant; spicy with forest scents. Excellent mouth feel, with more spice and peppercorn; flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and anise; leather notes towards the finish which is dry and absolutely insane how long it lasts.
This is high quality juice that is well made and packs tons of power. It’s a big wine, and we really enjoyed it. I hope to squirrel a couple away in the cellar and perhaps can make a follow up review for our Cellar Series.
I’m going 93 points very confidently on this wine. I think in 3-5 years it will even creep up from there. Nice stuff, and worth the money.
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CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 93 points (a CostcoWineBlog Recommended Wine)
Costco item number: 881747
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA