RAY JORDAN’S TOP 100 RED WINES 2021
Shiraz was the big winner in The West Australian’s annual Top 100 wine tasting. In all price categories the variety that has been the mainstay of the Australian wine industry from the earliest days was the dominant performer.
In all there were about 550 wines submitted and the task was to reduce this down to a top 100. As always it meant a lot of very good wines missed out. But this year it was even more difficult to be forced into culling wines that were more than worthy of making the top 100. One thing I can guarantee, is that this year’s Top 100 is the equal of any I have put together in all the years I have been conducting this tasting.
Evans & Tate
Terrific shiraz from this excellent vineyard in an excellent year. Engages from the start with scents of spicy infused plum and cherry with a little vanilla pod concentration. The palate is seamlessly structured with find powdery tannins sitting within powerful fruit. It’s such a poised wine that builds effortlessly through the palate to a long finish. 96/100
Wonderful classically defined cabernet merlot from this excellent vintage. Fragrant blackcurrant with a lift of cedar and bay leaf before the cabernet minerally oyster shell character cuts in. Tightly held focused palate is very long. 95/100
Deep Woods Estate
A consistent value-for-money offering from one of the best producers in Margaret River. A slightly leaner style to previous vintages, the result of this cooler vintage. Still, the fruit weight balance and all thing nice are in place to make for excellent current drinking. 90/100
A shiraz, malbec and tempranillo combination. Heaps of energetic lively fruit with firm supporting tannins. Great for pasta dishes with red meat sauce. 91/10
Highly floral perfume aromas lead into juicy bright red berry dominated palate. Lively and high energy with a spicy dried herb lift carrying it through to a long finish. Lip-smacking finish. 91/100
Congratulations to our winemaking teams at Evans & Tate, Deep Woods & Millbrook.