Maker: McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate, New South Wales, Australia
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
We picked up a couple of bottles of McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2005 when we spotted it on sale for nearly half price. We don’t buy multiples too often – there are just too many other wines to try and to write about. In this case, though, we almost regret not picking up a few more at the $6 – $7 sale price. This Shiraz has a powerful and pleasant nose, full of juicy berries and spice with a hint of licorice. The flavors were plum and blackberry, with a bit of chocolate. There was very light pepper in the wine’s long, slightly acidic finish. Shortly after opening, this Shiraz was pleasant but not overly distinguished. Surprisingly, the next day it had improved with deeper and more complex flavors. So, give this wine a chance to breathe.
According to the McWilliam’s Wine website,
McWilliam’s Wines has been named 2006 Winery of the Year by leading wine writer and critic, Stuart Gregor… In awarding McWilliam’s 2006 Winery of the Year in the fifth edition of his award-winning book ‘Don’t Buy Wine Without Me’ Stuart Gregor said:
“This award goes to the single winery whose range of wines excels at every price level. It is one of the most difficult decisions to make and I feel particularly for Seppelt, which is runner-up for the second successive year. But McWilliam’s richly deserves this award for its consistency, its dedication to making great-value wines at every imaginable price point and its failure to have a single dud in its entire range.”
High praise indeed, but we can confirm that McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2005 is no dud.