Superb New Barossa Shiraz
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Region: Barossa Valley
What's new to say about Barossa Shiraz? Fortunately quite a lot as Barossa Shiraz is both the beauty and the beast and while you have been happily enjoying the virtues of Barossa reds you may be surprised to find many think this way; 'Fifteen years ago, if anyone asked me to define Australian wine... Barossa shiraz would have been the answer.
But the style of Barossa shiraz that rallied back then — jammy, huge, marked by the pungent herbal notes of American oak—is also what brought on a sort of global fatigue with Australia ..and.. just what [should] the Barossa offer the world.
Quite clearly, what it does well now—grow a lot of very ripe and uninteresting shiraz and cabernet, much of it going to Australia’s wine conglomerates—is neither sustainable nor particularly relevant as tastes evolve.'
So there you have it, though I serenely sail on and with bold confidence recommend Parkers new Bengalee. As the great Len Evans would have said to the writer, 'I'm glad you do not like the wine as it means more for me.'