2014 The Society’s Exhibition Victoria Shiraz, Australia £16, The Wine Society, 01438-741177, TheWineSociety.com
I have written up both the 2007 and 2012 vintages of this label on this page and, in nigh on 650 articles, this stunning creation is the most written-up wine in the history of MoneyWeek. Why? That is startlingly easy to explain.
This “simple” Shiraz is made by none other than elite Victorian wine haven Mount Langi Ghiran. This legendary estate has appeared in my 100 Best Australian Wines Report no less than 12 times in 15 years. It is a little-known, but immensely over-achieving estate. A unique property benefiting from crystal clear, sunny days and unusually cool nights, these elevated vineyards, in Mount Ararat, a Grampians wine region in western Victoria, draw night breezes from the surrounding high land and this has a stunning cooling effect on the grapes.
The results are clear to see, smell and taste in the bottle – vivid purple fruit, packed with plum and blueberry notes and then a rush of clean, pepper and spice that refreshes the palate and leaves you diving back for more. The 2014 vintage is a beautiful, unhurried wine. Classy, gentle, soothing and also profound, it also sells at an insultingly low price for this level of self-control and sheer excellence. Before you buy whatever northern Rhône beauty you are eyeing up, please consider this incredible wine. Well done Wine Society – your palate has hit the bullseye again.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).