2006 Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz, Padthaway

I tried this wine last weekend at one of my favourite spots in Vancouver to grab a glass of wine, Salt Tasting Room and had been keeping an eye out for it since then. Well, while I was at BC’s main LDB store tonight, I happened to spot it in an aisle display… and immediately grabbed a few bottles.

When I tasted it at Salt, what struck me was the way the wine’s flavours exploded in my mouth after the initial taste. I was out to see if my taste buds had somehow fooled me, or if this was the real deal – a wine under $30 CDN that really rocked my world. Well folks, it really does rock my world.

I haven’t been drinking many Aussie Shirazes lately. Not because I don’t like them (hell, they’re some of the best wines I’ve ever had), but there’s so many wines out there to try and I had really gone whole hog on the Shiraz in the past.

This one hails from the cooler Padthaway region and its terra rossa soil. All I can say is that it’s a helluva’ wine for the money and has me thinking Shiraz again.

The nose is full of dark cherry syrup and brown sugar along with some felt tip marker, earth and heat (the wine is an astoundingly balanced 16% booze). The flavours are initially all about the leathery dark cherries, but then that explodes in a way that you have to try to know what I’m writing about. Suddenly a burst of dark cherry, licorice and pepper take over the mouth and last for a long and lingering minute before leaving you wanting another sip.

This is my deal wine of the moment. Maybe I just needed a taste of a good and reasonable Shiraz, but this is totally doing it for me right now.

$24.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

1 comment