Maker: Stonehaven Winery
Packaging: Bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Stonehaven Shiraz has to be one of the great values on your supermarket shelf – we found it on sale for under $5. Higher per glass than a box, perhaps, but an amazing value in a bottle. This Shiraz fills the glass with purple-garnet color, and one’s nose with cherry fruit. Its flavor is juicy, with cherry jam being the most prominent note. The finish isn’t extended, but has a nice peppery aspect with soft tannins. Overall, one’s impression is a smooth, rounded, fruity wine with just enough complexity to make it interesting. From Stonehaven of Australia.
The NoMerlot.com blog found a 1999 version of this Shiraz a few months ago, and found that year to be a good one as well.
According to the Stonehaven US website, this wine is available in a 3 liter “cask” – we haven’t seen this yet, but it would be worth looking for. We’ve also got some Stonehaven Shiraz-Cabernet in the BoxWines.org cellars, and we hope we find an equally strong price/quality relationship.