I picked up this rather oddly named Shitaz at our local Beer and Wine Store here in Iqaluit, which, I have mentioned before, does not have a huge selection. When I got the bottle home, I saw that label describes it as being ‘unoaked’ which I am guessing give rise to the name, possibly? Anyway, it was a bit sweet for my taste, but if you like sweetish wines, you may want to give it a try…
- Winery: Arterra Wines Canada, Inc
- Price: $10.25 at LCBO (I forgot to record the local price)
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Sugars: 10 g/L
This wine has no vintage on the label and is listed as having been released in 2015. It is a fairly dark cherry red with a slight bluish tint and very clear. The nose is a little muted and has a very nice dominant quality of blackcurrant. There are also notes of grass, bubblegum and just a little spice. It is medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and a sweetness that would be almost to the point of cloying but for a fairly high acidity that offsets this a bit. It is very fruity, without much in the way of tannins, and is a bit bluntly overdone in overall flavor effect. The fruitiness has a rather artificial quality with candy cotton notes, but there are some grassy, and peppery notes that save it from being too one dimensional. Not bad but not especially good either. My three star rating is a bit grudgingly given.
The Shiraz varietal is the most widely used in the Australian wine industry, for reds at least… Shiraz is generally regarded as being the same as Syrah (by which name it is known in France) while some say that the grape, especially in Australia, has evolved it’s own characteristics such as to merit it being treated as a new varietal. However you look at it, Australia has done wonders with this particular grape type and the wine featured today is a very decent representative of the class…
- Winery: Wyndham Estate Winery
- Price: $16.65 CDN
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Sugar: 6 g/L
The color is a very pretty dark cherry red with a very slight purplish tint. The nose is quite aromatic with red fruit, particularly cherry dominating, and there are some very faint notes of dusty, dried grass and flowers in the background. It is moderately full bodied with a smooth texture and surprisingly both dry and tart for the sugar quotient. The acidity is moderate to high and the tannins very robust but smooth. It is nicely fruity with dark plum and cherry, and there is a just a hint of peach, banana, and even tangerine. A vegetal quality surfaces ever so slightly in the middle and then is rounded out with a bit of pepper and spice in the decently long finish. This particular Shiraz is very reasonably priced and worth buying to have on hand.
A while ago, I sampled the 2014 vintage of this particular wine and I was sufficiently impressed to order some more. I didn’t notice, however, that I was actually purchasing the 2015 vintage but, as it happened, this year turned out to be every bit as good as the 2014…
The pertinent details for this selection are as follows:
- Winery: Vina Luis Felipe Edwards
- Region: Valle Central, (Colchagua Subregion)
- Price: $12.90 CDN
- Alcohol: 14%
- Sugar: 2.4 g/L
The color of the wine is a very dark, cherry red, and it is fairly full bodied with an almost crisp mouthfeel. It is quite dry, somewhat north of moderately acidic and it has robust, yet smooth tannins that last well into the nice long finish. The nose is very aromatic with vibrant red berries and there is a faint grassy note lurking in the background. Dark plum and blackcurrant dominates in the mouth, and there is a peppery spiciness with woody notes and a definite empyreumatic quality.
Sadly, I am now on my last bottle and I will have to decide whether I will order more. I am tempted, as this is a terrific wine to have on hand, given the price, but doing so will mean I have to forego the opportunity to try other wines. I do very much like this one, though, it is a ‘big’ wine, of the sort I favor, and is not only great for sipping, but stands up well to rich, hearty dishes. It well deserves the five stars I gave it.