R Wines Strong Arms Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
"The 2006 Shiraz is composed of 46% McLaren Vale, 44% Riverland, and 10% Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months. Opaque purple-colored, it has a nose of cedar, spice box, and blueberry. Fruit-driven, supple-textured, rich, and easygoing, the wine has remarkable class for its giveaway price. It actually has 2-3 years of aging potential but no one that I know is going to defer their gratification. Strong Arms has been bottled with 6 different but similarly themed labels."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
R Wines Winery
Based in Australia, R Wines produces wine from vineyards all over Australia including Riesling from Western Australia, Pinot Noir from Victoria, Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa just to name a few. R Wines was founded in 2005 by partners Dan Philips, and Chris Ringland. Chris is one of world's leading and most gifted winemakers. He leads teams of winemakers and viticulturalists managing vineyards Australia wide. R Wines that make it to the shelf are not merely sound and well-made, but are stylish, compelling, hand-crafted and peerlessly delicious. We believe that what goes on the bottle is as important as what goes in the bottle and work with world-class designers to create innovative, loud, brilliant labels that speak to consumers in ways unique to the wine world. The best Grenache in the world is in Australia. The Chateau Chateau project is a study of the effects of soil and place. Five icon vineyards and one blend with distinct expressions, soils and locations in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. There is no illusion, this project includes the world's best Grenache. View all R Wines WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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- 4 Stars: 7
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 2
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12 ratings, 11 with reviewsJoseph Marmion - Lake In The Hills, IL45/29/2008Complex, bold, balanced with loads of fruit. Superior value. Another winner from Sparky Marquis.Biocyclist - San Diego, CA47/15/2008This Shiraz is tasty straightforward representation of this varietal which would be a value at even twice the price.46/12/2008This started off as a fruit bomb that opened into a chocolaty rich wine that was better than many wines much more expensive.Keith Miller - Englewood, CO38/16/2008Power needs Power... Pair with powerful foods.e. jake jacobo - Winter Park, FL38/26/2008Excellent Shiraz for the price, I love the screw cap system especially for traveling and hotels.Paul Weiss - New York, NY49/3/2008I am continually impressed by many of the value-priced Shiraz and Shiraz blends, and this is a great example. Opens with fruit, spicy in the mid-palate, with a surprisingly long finish and manageable tannins...a value at twice the price. I am very curious to see how it develops in a couple of years, and will save 3 or 4 bottles.Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ211/24/2008Alan Hamlin - Albuquerque, NM43/20/2009This wine has huge flavor and an amazingly long finish. Lots of dark fruit and spice box. Tannins are then, but overall fairly mellow. Can sit for a few more years easily.Marty Moss - Henderson, NV412/2/2008Excellent flavor from start to finish. This is a re-buy, especially for the price.45/6/2009I choose this wine based upon its rating and brief critique. I was pleasantly surprised that the rating was right on target. I love taste. I plan to purchase additional bottles.Ronnie Marcum - Blacksburg, VA23/17/2009This wine was drinkable but not that good. No way would I give it a 91 rating.Sandra Barr - Albany, NY312/25/2008For the price, this was a real find - the type to settle down with a glass after a long day! The label made it easy to find a bottle in the rack.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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