Tar & Roses Shiraz 2009

The 2009 vintage was a year of terrible bushfires and drought in Victoria.  I didn't detect any smoke taint (something I intensely dislike) in this wine, and in fact, found it quite good.  The fruit was sourced 84% from Heathcote, 1% from Nagambie Lakes and 13% from the Strathbogie Ranges.  I see on their website that Huon Hooke appeared to give the wine 94 points in the Sydney Morning Herald.  I think the wine is good, but not near that sort of score, at least on my scale.  The wine has an aroma of oak, vanilla and plums.  On the palate, there is pepper, plums and nice length.  A good wine, particularly, I might add, for the price.  85 points (7/10).

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $15
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Maybe - the oak was a touch obvious, but it's very good for the price.
Website: http://www.tarandroses.com.au
April 4, 2011

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