Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Face-Off: Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz (***) and Cabernet Sauvignon (***+), South Eastern Australia, 2012

This is a face off between the "high end" of the bargain line of Australian wines called Yellow Tail.  Today we have the reserve shiraz versus the reserve cabernet sauvignon.



Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Yellow Tail Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Original tasting and review : This is Yellow Tail Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2012, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep burgundy and opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, fresh lifted fruits, somewhat purplish.  From the aroma, seems like this will be extracted and perhaps piercing.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth filling and alcoholically aromatic, like a scented ripe blackberry on steroids!  Mouth cleansing light purple wash of acids and red and black berry flavors, filling each crevice of your cheeks.  Finishes with a slow, clean fade, leaving your mouth clean and ready for the next sip.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz.

Original tasting and review : This is Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2012, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, somewhat succulent flavors, but shy on the classic Australian shiraz elements.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, aromatic, bold and easy-going.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite purple and bright, showing ripe but bright blackberry flavors with only hints of deeper surround sound.  Perky purple lifts the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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