It’s not often Shiraz tastes like crushed velvet feels, but I love this wine from Chateau Tanunda, which I am tasting (and diligently spitting since I am working and reviewing it). Here’s my tasting note on a complex, smooth as silk, soft red blend from the Barossa Valley in Australia…

2015 Chateau Tanunda The Whole Dam Family Shiraz $29.99 14.5% ABV

4.5 stars

Barossa is best known for Shiraz and here it is again, only in a deliciously different flavour combination than usual because it is blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan; all of which were separately fermented before blending and maturing in American and French oak. The result is an elegant and complex red along the lines of a very good quality Cotes du Rhone; it’s soft, spicy, warm and smooth – a beautiful all year round red wine with power but crushed velvet appeal. Delicious.