For most Americans Australia is known for its decent quality cheap wines that most people consumer at parties. I cannot tell you how many social events I have been to and see a full 1 liter magnum of Yellow Tail wine. Most Americans do not know they Australia is making more than just those good wines. That is what made me select the 2011 Rocky Gully Shiraz one evening. The wine itself is still at a bargain price of $18.99 and wears a screw top to ensure quality.
It also always intrigues me when they do the blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier, which is a white wine. Right now from the winery only the 2012 is available but you can still get the 2011 from Wine.com. According to Frankland Estate, which makes this wine, the tasting notes are:
Colour: Vibrant Red Hue.
Nose: Generous plum and red fruits, black pepper and spice with subtle integration of oak.
Palate: A generous middle weighted palate with juicy fruit and a lifted integration of black pepper and spice notes with a long persistent finish.
Assessment: The small addition of Viognier with vibrant shiraz fruit note gives aromatic lift and subtle texture which makes the wine more approachable in its youth. Good acidity and fine tannins combine to create a soft finishing, well weighted cool climate style. Ideal food wine which will complement many dishes including pork, lamb and duck.
Wow. That was a lot and they definitely do their tasting notes very similar to mine. So what did I think?
Color – I got more Dark Red.
Nose – I definitely got the black pepper and the spice. I got more blackberry than plum.
Taste – Blackberry jam, not very complex but still decent.
Finish – Medium finish but clean. You think this is a wine that after the first glass your mouth would feel like a ball full of jam but it doesn’t. I was pleasantly surprised by that. It had medium acid and medium tannins as well.
Overall, this wine is decent but didn’t knock my socks off. Sure it is better than Yellow Tail but for some reason other than the smell and the texture it just seemed very plain jane. I even decanted it for over an hour like I do with all of these reviews. For the price, I am not disappointed.