There’s a legion of great cabernets out there awaiting you, if my latest tasting is an accurate guide.
Hesketh Mezzo Shiraz Mataro 2015, SE South Australia, AUD $18
How ever did we manage before the ‘sort’ function was invented? I love the ability of databases to sort. I recently sorted out the wines under $23 in my latest chardonnay tasting of 127 wines, to see how the value-for-money stacked up. My scores on these wines range from 92 down to 85.
Since Peter Lehmann’s son Philip Lehmann took over the winemaking reins at Parker Coonawarra Estate, the quality has hit a new level. The most arresting wines are the new $24 reds from the excellent 2013 vintage. The Parker cabernet is among 118 reviews of new-release cabernet sauvignons and cabernet blends that I’ve recently uploaded on the huonhooke.com app. Also in the system is the superb 2013 shiraz under the same label.
Shiraz is the foundation grape of our image-leaders Penfolds (tastings), Henschke (tastings), Torbreck (tastings), and, it could be argued, the entire Australian wine industry. More than one-quarter of all of our wine is shiraz. All told, I’ve uploaded 198 reviews of shiraz and shiraz-based blends this month. Two of the