Friday, October 15, 2010


- McLaren Vale, SA
- $3.25
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

The back label of Jorgensen Hill's 2008 Shiraz, a label previously unknown to me, reads; 'Two winemakers, one vision... the collaboration between master blender, Peter Jorgensen and negociant, Chris Hill combines the best small batch winemaking with the artistry and expression of skillful blending.'

The cheap pricing of Jorgensen Hill's 2008 Shiraz is reflected in a bizarre, sickly sweet nose of sugary plum stew and commercial-grade dark grape juice, the product of which seems both incomplete and unfaithful to its regional/varietal make-up. Very hollow and devoid of mid-palate depth, its challenging (to the drinker) palate lacks brightness of fruit and genuine flavour throughout, finishing thin and soupy without genuine structure.

X If this were a TV show it would be experiencing technical difficulties, when really, it never should've aired in the first place. Drink now.
77 points


  1. This wine is truly shocking. Tastes more like a grape juice drink than a fermented wine and quite frankly should not be sold as a Shiraz wine.
    Beware of cheap online wines unless you know the Winery and their wine quality. Buyer beware!

  2. Very true! I couldn't have said it any better myself! I sampled a second bottle recently, and have adjusted the score as I saw fit, but really, I'm not used to scoring wines of this quality, so I'm a little bit lost as to what to give it. Either way, the point is simple; DON'T BUY, regardless of cost.

    Chris P