Preference and subjectivity are the hallmarks of all sensible wine chat. To that end I recently attended a surprise blind tasting of two red wines. Naturally, opinion around the table varied regarding which wine each taster preferred, in terms of a comparison of styles and pricing.
Firstly, a rich almost lushly fruited wine with a level of sophistication that indicated a provenance of high quality with an apparent cool climate origin. My only wish was that the wine was a touch longer on the palate. Nevertheless, a wine of substance to be appreciated and enjoyed.The second wine was more moderately fruitful, of mid-weight and beautifully balanced. It certainly displayed appropriate fruit and fine tannins, and to my mind was a wine of great harmony that would be even more attractive with food.
So; decisions and preferences were announced. All agreed that both were very fine wines, but final choices differed. I personally enjoyed the style and balance of the second wine which, among other things, I think I described as ‘sexy’.
Then the labels were revealed, to much surprise. The first wine was the 2016 vintage of a greatly admired Victorian label, certainly amongst the most revered expressions of shiraz in Australia. The second was our current 2016 Narkoojee Francis Road Shiraz selling for about a third of the price of the first wine.
I am delighted that our Narkoojee premium level wine stood up so well against an icon of the industry. Narkoojee has two levels of shiraz above the Francis Road; the Isaac Reserve Shiraz and at the elite level the Valerie Shiraz, both of which are superb, cool climate styles, representing bargains at their price.
The wines included in this offer have not yet been reviewed by James Halliday because of the lag, but they are all from very good vintages. The most recent reviews for our shiraz wines are: 2013 Valerie Shiraz 96 points, the 2014 Valerie Shiraz 95 points and the 2013 Isaac Reserve Shiraz 94 points.
I believe the wines speak for themselves and encourage you to embrace this Spectacular Shiraz Case Offer*.
* Case includes: