Sunday, January 24, 2010

Laughing Jack Shiraz

Laughing Jack is another of the up and comers. The vineyards are located in the Moppa region of the Barossa Valley. The 2008 Jack's Shiraz has young and vibrant fruit, brimming with plum, blackberry and some mint flavours. It has good oak to support the fruit, and while the wine is quite high in alcohol, it is not hot. There is some sweetness in the wine, and it finishes with fine tannins.

I would call this a high quality barbecue wine, well put together and a steal for $20/bottle.

Sometimes it is well worth while to check out the 2nd and 3rd tier wines of those South Australian wineries which produce highly concentrated wines. They are not a meal on their own, but still full bodied, and quite appealing when drunk young.

Score: 91/++

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