Sometimes you need to go off the reservation and choose a wine from some rater you’ve never heard of before. That was my though when I grabbed this one. What the heck. The wine is deep in color with a lovely nose of dark fruits. On the mid pallet are some flavors to match the bouquet with blueberries coming through but not at all fruit forward. Just about right for my tastes. On the finish the wine has some lovely tannins, quite a bit of dryness, some pepper and a medium finish. There is a nice bit of complexity to the finish coming off in nice layers of flavors! This is a well made typically Aussie edgy wine with the oaks and alcohol well under control. I would give this a 90!
From the LCBO web site:
GEMTREE VINEYARDS TADPOLE SHIRAZ 2008 VINTAGES 142034 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.95
Wine, Red Wine, 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D
Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Gemtree Vineyards
Release Date: Jan 23, 2010
… a deep coloured, thick textured wine with lovely richness and generosity to the fruit, as well as good definition and a bit of meaty savouriness. It’s one of those bottles that gets finished pretty quickly because it has that quality of deliciousness. Really superb effort, and I rated it as high as 90/100 for its lovely purity and relative complexity that you don’t normally find at this price point. Buy some now! Score – 90. (Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com, Aug. 26, 2009)