Produced by Grant Burge, one of the very best of the Barossa wineries – actually, one of the best wineries in Australia – Barossa Ink Shiraz 2016 is, says Wine Enthusiast’s Christina Pickard, “a big but balanced beast. It oozes mocha, blackberry, cassis, mint, ground pepper and damp earth. Things get even richer on the palate but never jammy or unfocused. A thicket of ripe dark-berry fruit is wound together with silky, fine tannins and well tucked away oak.” Wine Spectator liked it, too, its reviewer commenting, “Very appealing, featuring slightly tangy cherry and berry flavors, with dense tannins and gunpowder tea notes, followed by touches of cedar and herb on the finish. Drink now through 2029. Not surprisingly, the winery itself also has some nice things – but remarkably different things – to say about the wine: “The Barossa Ink Shiraz is intense purple red in colour with great density. The bouquet is rich with plum, raspberries and dark cherries, with underlying hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean and spice. This super-rich, full-bodied wine has a sensual palate offering plenty of texture, fine velvety tannins and soft, round dark fruit flavours.” This wine is a genuine value at $12-$13.

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