Wine Review BLASS 2014 Barossa Black Spice Shiraz

While not being the full-bodied spicy Shiraz we are accustomed to from South Australia, this 2014 offering from the cellar of Wolf Blass is still a pleasant wine to enjoy, and may yet improve with age. It does have the recognisable traits of dark fruit, chocolate and pepper with a smooth oak finish, and is an Aussie dry red that would find a place on any dinner table or as a pleasant afternoon drink with friends.

Priced under AUD$15 in a case of six, the Langhorne Creek wine growing region can be sure that this Shiraz will still be popular with many wine drinkers around Australia and overseas. I would definitely consider buying more than one bottle so an aged comparison can be tried in a year or two. 

Being a full-bodied Aussie red, we enjoy it immensely with roast beef, a hearty beef casserole, game meats such as kangaroo and venison, and a hard cheese such as Cheddar or a more creamy Camembert if you so prefer. You can try it with lamb but we generally find a Cab Sav a better match. 

We would love to hear from other wine drinkers what you think about pairing Shiraz with some seafood? We have found on occasion that a softer Shiraz goes quite well with salmon, which is particularly handy when having guests over for a seafood dinner who don’t enjoy a white wine. What do you think? Please drop us a comment below to share with others.

Score: 3 out of 5

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Wine Review: BLASS 2014 Barossa Black Spice Shiraz

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