Spicy reds

Key notes: Vibrant and aromatic fruit and intensity of flavour.

Typical aromas and flavours: Identified by spicy flavours such as black pepper, cinnamon, clove. Usually have fresh fruit aromas and flavours – as opposed to stewed fruit – often berries. Often have a mineral component. The fruit is fresh as wines in this category are often from grapes grown in moderate climates rather than very hot ones.

Structure: Medium to full-bodied, perceptible acidity and tannins, have structure in the mouth; can be dense, grainy, silky.

Examples of 'Spicy Nicey' reds: Syrah/Shiraz, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Carmenere, Malbec, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Xynomavro, Zinfandel.

Turley 2015 Juvenile Zinfandel 750ml

$50.34

Winemaker's Notes: Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of our old vine sites. We tag the vine when we replant it so as...

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Penfolds Rawson Shiraz/Cabernet 750ml

$13.83

Iconic South Australian winery, Penfolds, continue to produce great quality, value for money wines across all price points. This Rawson's Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon has deep red hues, spiced flavours and raspberries on the nose. Good fruit weight with...

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Lopez Pergolas 2014 O.V.Tempranillo 750ml

$15.57

Excellent Value! Aromas of spicy cherries and red plum, smoked, leather and peppery notes and wrapped around an earthy core. The palate echoes the nose with similar earthy, smoky and spiced flavours layered with char and bittersweet chocolate. A supple...

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Juan Gil White Label Jumilla 750ml

$19.04

Full-bodied, juicy, savoury and delicious. Loaded with dark wild blackberries and forest-deep cherries and cedar. Pair with mushroom and wild rice dishes, savoury meat stews.Natalie MacLean, 90 points

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Abel Mendoza 2012 Rioja Jarrarte 750ml

$41.65

Marquis Tasting Note: "A serious and beautifully crafted Rioja. Dark ruby with a sublime nose of black currant, kirsch, espresso and chocolate. The flavors of black currant and tobacco are followed by a smooth tannic progression into a long, lingering...

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Painters Bridge 2013 Zinfandel 750ml

$18.17

This 2013 Painters Bridge Zinfandel shows bright color with a youthful red hue. The aromas are of brambly loganberry fruit, raspberry confection, black tea and dark chocolate. On the palate this wine delivers crisp, red fruit with good volume and...

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La Frenz 2015 Syrah 750ml

$32.95

The 2015 Syrah is a deeply hued and full-bodied wine that was produced in a northern Rhone style and reflects the excellent harvest that fall. The addition of a small percentage of Viognier during fermentation is represented both in the vibrant colour...

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Leeuwin Estate 2014 Artist Series Shiraz 750ml

$67.74

"No question this is the best shiraz Leeuwin have released since beginning their rediscovery of this variety a few years ago. Soft and luxurious with supple fleshy fruit held with firmish tannin and quality fine grained oak. Shows the greatest density...

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Sine Qua Non 2012/2013 Grenache "Stein" 750ml

$543.39

"The 2012 Grenache Stein incorporates 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. Aged 22 months in mostly used oak (various sizes), it offers awesome purity and freshness in its black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, white pepper and licorice-driven bouquet. The palate...

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Alexander Valley 2012 Temptation Zinfandel 750ml

$27.74

Alexander Valley Vineyards has always done a good job with value Zinfandels. My favorite of the current releases is the 2012 Zinfandel Redemption, which was aged 14 months in barrel. It reveals plenty of peppery, black cherry and blackberry fruit, and...

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Penfolds 2014 RWT Shiraz Barossa 750ml

$182.52

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 RWT Shiraz from the Barossa Valley offers cedar and cassis notes over a core of blackberry preserves, mocha and spice cake. Big, full, opulent and with notable notes of toasty oak, it has a solid structure and very...

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Sine Qua Non 2012 Syrah “Stock" 750ml

$543.39

Made from 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Viognier and the rest Mourvedre, it spent 20 months (it’s not yet bottled) in 52% new French oak. Showing the purity and suppleness of the vintage, yet with no lack of concentration, depth or...

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Three 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel 750ml

$39.91

A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Carignan, 5% Petit Sirah, 4% Mataro and 2% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is a full-bodied blend sourced from grapes in ancient vineyards deep in Contra Costa County, with vines an average age of over 100 years. There's...

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Three 2013 Contra Costa Zinfandel 750ml

$34.70

Winemaker's Notes: The Zinfandel grapes sourced for this wine are from relatively new plantings in and around the bay area town of Oakley, in the north-east corner of Contra Costa County. It is a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane,...

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