With the image of a fire breather on the label, the first thought that comes to mind is that of an old fashion circus. Fortunately the 2006 Vinaceous Red Right Hand Shiraz is much better than circus peanuts, and packs the punch of an atypical Aussie Shiraz.
This comes to us from McLaren Vale growing region of South Austrailia. There isn’t too much information on the website about production but this is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo.
Nose – Blackberry, spiced meat, custard, and ham
Taste – Raspberry, black cherry, green olive
Mouthfeel – med/full body, with the alcohol, tannins and acidity all integrated together very nicely
Finish – long and tight
This was a very typical good quality Shiraz from Australia. Very fruit forward in nature but full of meaty layers with wonderful hints of green olives. At $21, it is a few dollars more expensive than other Shiraz in this quality category but still is quite reasonable. If you are a fan of D’Arenberg or Langmeil Shiraz give this one a try.