I got this Australian Shiraz as part of a Naked Wines mixed case. I’m not sure it would have leaped off the shelf at me as the label is a bit industrial/agricultural.
It was a rich dark purple colour. almost opaque, it smelled clean, but rather too clean, it didn’t really smell of much except a vague alcohol vapour.
The Mechanic Shiraz was dry, but not bone dry, there was a hint of sweetness and a medium acidity with some rather agricultural tannins, maybe that’s why they chose the label. The alcohol carried through.
The label says 14.5% but it felt like it was knocking on the door of the 15% tax band. Despite the lack of aroma, there was some fruit on the pallet. It was somewhere between black cherries and red plums, with a little vanilla and black pepper thrown in to keep things interesting.
The flavour didn’t linger long, as the alcohol almost outran it. You certainly get your money’s worth in the ABV stakes.
As a midweek wine to have with a robust casserole or tomaotoey sauce this would work well. Sup up, I think it is at its best now and isn’t one to save for next year’s barbecues.