Big Reds. Always in style.
By Campbell Mattinson
9 October, 2015
Take an old phrase, and adapt it. One of the old truths of wine is that many people “talk dry, but drink sweet”. Which basically means that a lot of folks don’t like to admit that they like a bit of sweetness in their table wine but when you ask them of their favourite tipples, the common factor is sweetness. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s been the case since the beginning of wine time.
The new version of this phrase though is “talk light, drink heavy”. Over the past 10 or 20 or 30 years there’s been a keen promotion of, and move towards, lighter red wine styles. More delicate. More food (and particularly lunch) friendly. People bang on and on about it. Exhibit A:pinot noir. It’s a lighter red. Thirty years ago it was barely a blip in Australia; now some people drink almost nothing else. Light-is-good is a mega trend. Right. Got it.
But there’s an even bigger trend and it’s the one that will never go away: Aussies love a big, hearty red. We talk light but we drink rich. We did in our colonial days and we still do now. It’s part of the Aussie red wine drinkers’ DNA. Recently we’ve seen brands launch with names as clear and simple as Big And Bold Shiraz, Big Bertha Shiraz, Dead Bolt Red, Hogshead Shiraz. They’re all trying to tap into this essential fact of Australian wine: style is one thing, but flavour is quite another. We seek it. We cherish it. We worship at flavour’s altar.
And if it goes to 11, then all the better.
So Wineosphere has scoured the market, and can guarantee that the below bunch of wines pour the flavour on. They’re big reds, well made. In short, they deliver.
Primrose Path Shiraz 2014
Kalleske Buckboard Durif 2014 ($24)
Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2014 ($25)
Hesketh Regional Selection Shiraz 2014 ($18)
Eppalock Ridge Susan’s Selection Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2013 ($25)
Hanwood Estate 1913 Durif 2013 ($25)
Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Shiraz 2014 ($21)
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Signature Shiraz Cabernet 2014 ($19)
Gemtree Uncut Shiraz 2013 ($25)
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2013 ($180)