I do like a nice Australian Shiraz, and this one caught my eye on my recent trip to Majestic. (I had also mistaken it for “Yarra Yering” which I had read about in one of Oz Clark’s books some years ago and thought – that must be alright – I’m only human!). I had made a mistake, but I wasn’t disappointed:-
We opened this one on the 8th of July.
Yering Station (Yarra Valley) 2013 The Elms.
Price: £9.99 ( as part of 6+ bottles offer – full price = £11.99)
Area/Region/State/Country: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
Alcohol Content: 14% (ABV).
Colour: Rich Red to Slight Brick Red.
Nose/Bouquet/Smell: It reminded my wife, Jane of furniture polish at first, I got a touch of cloves leading to ripe red berries (plums, damsons, blackberries in combination).
Taste/Palate: Red Berries and black pepper. The alcohol content was noticeable, but then at 14% that was not surprising.
Finish: The finish was quite long, had a strong alcohol residue and peppery.
Comments: This was a very pleasant bottle of wine and at £9.99 ( if you bought six mixed bottles – full price £11.99) I think that it was priced quite reasonably – I might have baulked at full price. I wouldn’t make a bee-line for it but I would consider it amongst others if I wanted this style of wine.