Mark Squires Shiraz 2013 Review #226 Aug 2016 Mark Squires Rating: 90 Drink: 2016 - 2024

The 2013 Shiraz (Bravdo) was aged for 12 months in a 75/25 mixture of French and American oak (75% used). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Soft and sexy, with an interesting flavor medley, it finishes with dried beef and a slightly gamey feel on the back end. This is a round and succulent Shiraz that is pretty tasty. I liked it on first taste for that sex appeal and its intriguing flavors, but I was pleased to see it show a little life with air, too. It became fresher and more elegant as time went on. It has enough grip on the finish to linger, too. Overall, this is rather pretty and a nice value. It may not be the best ager, but over the next few years, at the least, this friendly puppy should be completely satisfying.

In days gone by, I was not terribly impressed by this winery, but of late they certainly seem to have rounded into form. There are some very nice offerings here and some bargains, too.