Curtis Family Vineyards 2017 Heritage Shiraz

Curtis Family Vineyards 2017 Heritage Shiraz

My Dad helped me taste this sample bottle of Curtis Family Vineyards 2017 Heritage Shiraz from McLaren Vale in South Australia recently.

Curtis Family Vineyards is owned and operated by Mark, Thomas & Jenna Curtis, with guidance from their father, Claudio Curtis who lives on the vineyard.

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Taylors One Giant Leap 2017 Shiraz – Clare Valley

Taylors One Giant Leap 2017 Shiraz - Clare Valley

One giant leap for man.. And one tasty bottle of wine for us!

On the 20th of July 1969 something big happened other than the momentous event of Neil Armstrong being the first man to step on the surface of the moon – it was also on that same day in 1969 that Bill Taylor first stepped foot on the now renowned Taylors Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley!

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Austin’s 2017 Shiraz – Moorabool Valley, Geelong

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Compared to warm-climate Shiraz, you’ll find it lighter. Plus I find it oh so approachable too.

This cool-climate 2017 Shiraz hails from Geelong in Victoria and is made by Austin’s Wines. A big thanks to the Austin’s team for sending this sample my way, my tasting team had great fun trying it and helping me write the note.

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3drops Great Southern Shiraz (2016 & 2017)

My parents were recently visiting from NZ so we thought we’d pull these two Great Southern (WA) Shiraz’s out to taste side by side. Who doesn’t love a mini vertical tasting right?

Firstly a big thanks to Jo from 3drops wine and olive oil who sent these over for us to try. It’s always interesting to try different vintages side by side.

The 3drops vineyard is southwest of Mt Barker and they grow Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz on the property. Alongside having Italian, Greek and Spanish varieties of olive trees throughout the vines to make extra virgin olive oil from.

Without further ado, here’s what we thought of the wines:

2016 3drops Shiraz

Cherry red colour in the glass with a big nose full of mushrooms, berries (boysenberry/blackberry) and smooth oak. Firstly it was the lovely long finish that stood out with this wine, a rib eye steak comes to mind as soon as you taste it. Think peppery with acidic berries and cherries and oak/leather/tobacco characteristics. My Dad said that it “reminds me of a cigar that sits on the back of your palate”. It went very well with our curry too!

3drops 2016 Great Southern Shiraz

2017 3drops Shiraz

A shiny bright purple red colour in the glass. The nose is both savoury and fruity with cherries, blackberries, raspberries and spice coming through. In the mouth it’s fruit forward and by goodness so easy to consume. We felt this is a lighter version of the 2016, more ready to consume now while the former should go back in the cellar for a bit longer.

3drops 2017 Great Southern Shiraz

This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Whicher Ridge Pretty Flamingo 2019 Rosé

Whicher Ridge Pretty Flamingo 2019 Rose

Now this is my idea of a great night – bubble bath, wine, book and pampering. Anyone keen to put today off and do this instead?

If you haven’t heard, last year, Whicher Ridge Wines released their brand new wine – Pretty Flamingo 2019 Rosé made from Margaret River Shiraz grapes. Thank you Cathy for sending over this sample for us to try!

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