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Glaetzer’s golden touch heads this month’s Shiraz round up

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There’s no doubt that Shiraz is still one of Australia’s favourite tipples and this selection shows the diversity of the variety when grown in an array of climates and geographical sites.

Touring New South Wales from the comfort of a wine glass


Goldbeater Shiraz 2012

Goldbeater Shiraz 2012

Style: Mid-to-full-bodied Red.

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Overview: Here it is. The Glaetzer family have reached into the riven earth, grasped a nugget and have beaten it to finely craft The Wine Society’s ‘Best in Society Winter Red’. This wine has been selected and put together especially for The Wine Society, and echoes the relationship between the winemaking family and Australia’s favourite wine club. With a program that represents quality and value-for-money, there is no better region to venture to than the Barossa Valley. The rich, dense Shiraz style typical of the Barossa is by far the most famous and popular in Australia. The name Goldbeater implies that Glaetzer’s strong yet gentle hands turn the earth’s raw materials into something delicate and of pristine quality. This metaphor rings true for this wine. Made from ripe, rich and tannic material (grapes) it is a wine of elegance and balance.

Tasting Note: A nose that is earthy with iodine tones and hints of plum. The palate has a velvety chocolate element with rich notes of plum and blackberry. The finish reveals smoky highlights and savoury spice due to the finely integrated oak.

Final Say: With a program that represents quality and value-for-money this wine ticks all the boxes.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Yarran Wines Leopardwood Shiraz 2012

Yarran Wines Leopardwood Shiraz 2012

Style: Mid-to-full-bodied Red

Region: Heathcote

Tasting Note: : A dusty, sneeze-inducing nose with elements of rich plum. The palate is full and rich with flavours of plum and blackberry. Finishes dense with some ham bone notes.

Final Say: Full and rich, with typical Heathcote goodness. $16.99 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Four in Hand Shiraz 2012

Four in Hand Shiraz 2012

Style: Medium-bodied Red

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Tasting Note: Quite delicate for a Barossa Shiraz, it is earthy on the nose and palate with some plum notes, white pepper and spice from the oak contact. Grainy tannins add a nice texture. It is a nicely layered wine with elegance and finesse.

Final Say: A wine that could easily be lost in a line-up of ‘boofhead’ Shiraz but one that deserves attention. $19.99

Score: 18 out of 20

Borambola Hirajis Spell Shiraz 2011

Borambola Hirajis Spell Shiraz 2011

Style: Medium bodied red.

Region: Gundagai, NSW

Tasting Note: A dusty, spicy seductress with bacon hints on the nose, and white pepper with delicate tones of blueberry and beetroot. It is lean where it needs to be and rich where it should be.

Final Say: Trade in the spice rack… $23.99 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Penna Lane Shiraz 2010

Penna Lane Shiraz 2010

Style: Full-bodied Red

Region: Clare Valley, SA

Tasting Note: With coconut oak on the nose there was no surprise when these bold oak characters revealed themselves on the palate, along with underlying tones of plum and chocolate and a nice, velvety mouthfeel.

Final Say: Cape-wearing oak. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

Gapsted Shiraz 2010

Gapsted Shiraz 2010

Style: Medium-bodied Red

Region: Clare Valley, SA & King Valley, VIC

Tasting Note: Interesting region blending here results in a perfumed nose and a palate of plum, blackberry and savoury spice. It is quite a lean wine.

Final Say: Make ‘em lean, keep ‘em keen? $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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With a background in viticulture and four years as a buyer for The Wine Society, Jack Davis is the voice behind He's tasted with The Wine Society Tasting Panel and National Liqour News Tasting Panel and he holds a WSET diploma. Jack now works in the Rutherglen wine region and describes himself as "just another wine wanker".

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