Off Topic: Red Sky Wines Shiraz Barossa Valley 2014 – $
A red sky at night usually means good weather. But not necessarily so in the Barossa. A red sky heralds that a dust storm is on its way, rolling in from the Australian Outback. This process has been building the soils of the Barossa Valley for thousands of years. The wind pitches the soils here and there, creating pockets of varied terroir throughout the region.
This wine is dark, dark blood red, edged with scarlet. 14%.
A rich + plumy nose, warm oak and vanilla, with a sharp edge. This is no Rhone wannabe.
There is a smooth ripe entry on palate. Plums and prune and cocoa. Spicce on the back palate. Drying tannins towards the finish, bookended with acid. 86 points