A couple of good reds…

BLEASDALE – THE POWDER MONKEY SHIRAZ ’08

Tried this wine in the office last week, as Bleasdale has recently launched their Powder Monkey Shiraz, from Langhorne Creek (South Australia). As a typical but also unique shiraz I really enjoyed this drop. Typical big, bold Shiraz flavour, however with less complexity than many famous Shirazes, but it was balanced and there was no other way to “improve” on it – Straight forward oak, dark fruits such as blackberries and plums, some spice, dark chocolate, and velvety tannins in a very solid and concentrated palate. This is perfect for a Shiraz drinker. Received 95pts from Halliday’s Wine Companion 2011. Can drink now or cellar for at least 5 years to mellow more so. Launched at cellar door for $65. http://www.bleasdale.com.au/ 

STELLA BELLA – SANGIOVESE CABERNET ’07

The Stella Bella wines are a combination of selected vineyard sites from within the Margaret River region. These wines are created from selecting particular sites for their special contribution to individuality, style and premium quality. Under the Stella Bella label there are the signature blends of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Merlot, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Shiraz – but there is also the small production of “exotics” – Pink Muscat, Viognier, Tempranillo and Sangiovese Cabernet.

I particularly enjoyed the Sangiovese Cabernet… Very juicy and bright/lively palate with red cherries, berries and spice. Tannins were not overpowering but slightly grippy, and well integrated oak characters. Received 94pts in James Halliday Wine Companion 2010, and the Big Red Wine Book 2010/11. Can drink now but will cellar for another 6 years. PERFECT with Pizza, BBQ meats, and other Italian food, as well as some tapas. Rrp about $30. http://www.stellabella.com.au/

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