eVines wine review: Embrace Aussie Shiraz and don't be ashamed.....

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Mr Smith Shiraz 2010 - Ant Moore (McLaren Vale, Australia)

I do enjoy Aussie Shiraz. It was one of the first red wine styles I truly loved and to be honest, still do. I love that it's such an honest wine style and whilst there are now a few more varieties with some cooler climate efforts arriving on the scene you ultimately know what you're getting. Crucially, what you're getting is also often very good and very good value. It's a wine style which seems to misunderstood by some who deride it as being a crass wine of fruitbomb nature and not something a proper wine buff should drink. Rubbish..... If there's a better red wine style to get you through the Autumn and Winter I'm yet to find it....

Ant Moore is pretty much Mr Antipodean Wine (that'd be a good calendar idea actually, must pass that on....). He's an Aussie who's spent years in Marlborough making Sauvignon Blanc and has now decided he really ought to make some wines in his own back yard too. He has a few wines available on the site including this one

Clearly he knows how to make a Shiraz on the strength of this wine. It has a really appealing fruity nose and the palate is full of dark fruit flavours and a smattering of spice. It lasts for a long time too. You don't need to be sipping this whilst you write your tasting note.... All in all it's a good example of Aussie Shiraz. Yes you can pick up on the alcohol slightly but things from Australia aren't meant to be subtle. Wait until the rain is battering the windows and open a bottle of this besides the fire. You'll consider it your new best friend.... Not bad for £12.80.....

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