Wine Wednesday!

wine wednesday, shiraz

I’ve been on a Shiraz kick lately, so here’s another enjoyable bottle! This is 2009 McWilliams Shiraz. Another fine Australian effort. The hubs and I first tried the McWilliams wines at a restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, and it was love at first drop. I always jump on the chance to grab a bottle or two of these whenever I see them. Notice as well, that this bottle was extra special since it was on clearance at Target. As if we needed any more reason to love Target getting a $10 bottle of wine for $8.50 was the cherry on my sundae that day. However, next week’s WW selection will beat even those savings, by a lot!


Anyhoo, my notes:

  • color: dark plum
  • scent: deep fruity, little spice
  • lots of spice notes
  • earthy flavors

The professionals: “Color: Crimson red with purple hues. Aromas: Dark black fruit aromas of plum combine with spice and vanillian oak. Flavors: The supple yet generous palate is dominated by rich, plum and raspberry fruit flavors with hints of spice and vanilla. The wine is soft and well balanced with a lingering, fruit focused finish. Cellaring potential: Enjoy at the time of release for its fresh fruit flavors. Serving Temperature: Room temperature (18 °C).” From the winemakers themselves.

Wine Wednesday!

wine wednesday nine stones shiraz

Summer is so close I can taste it! The yard bunnies are out and about, we’ve been enjoying several good meals out on the porch, and the sun doesn’t set until late— it’s a beautiful time of year!

To go with that fun summer spirit, here is a tasty little Shiraz that would work great for a steak grilled to perfection on a warming spring night. It’s an Australian wine (those Australians definitely do Shiraz right!) from Nine Stones vineyards. We paid $14 for the bottle, perfectly reasonable for a table wine with dinner or for entertaining a couple of friends. This bottle was a 2009.

My notes:

  • color- dark purple
  • scent- fresh, fruity
  • taste- earthy, mineral, touch of spice
  • very enjoyable

The professionals?

“Ripe and generous, with a minerally edge to the blackberry and cardamon flavors, remaining open and inviting through the long, deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2017.”

90 Points

Wine Spectator