From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called doesn't mean it's All-Ontario-All-the-Time. When I kick back at night my mood (and sometimes my curiosity) decides my wine of choice. And the title should read, "Uncorked and Un-Screwed Tonight" ... but that just sounds wrong.

Two from The Lucky Country (Australia)

17 Dec 2019


I noticed in my wine cellar that I had some wine from The Lucky Country, a brand from Two Hands, so this week I decided to open both of them and see how they were doing.Lucky Country 2003

October 12, 2019 ... Two Hands 2003 The Lucky Country

This is a blend of 85% Grenache / 10% Shiraz / 5% Mourvedre ... kicking things off were the aromas of licorice, dried raspberry, along with subtle plum, backed by coffee bean; on the palate there was an intense silkiness - super smooth, almost creamy - with flavours of spiced-and-dried plum, along with notes of forest floor and white pepper - as the wine began to really open you could find hint of mocha beginning to emerge ... I'm happy with this one as it proved to be well-rounded and easy drinking for an older wine.

Lucky Country 2006October 14, 2019 ... Two Hands 2006 The Lucky Country Shiraz

This solo Shiraz, three years younger than its predecessor showed very different, yet still appealing, character starting with spiced-plum, new leather, raspberry/strawberry jam on the nose; the palate had lots of pepper and spice, along with mocha and burnt cherry. As it sat and opened up through the course of the evening it took a different turn; while it was fruit forward from the outset it develops into a spice / acid bomb by the time the first hour was up - enjoyable for about an hour and a half, after that it's pretty harsh.


Plantagenet 2004 Omrah Shiraz (Australia)

17 Dec 2019

 Omrah Shiraz

September 22, 2019 ... I am liking more and more these old Aussies under screw cap. Those who think screwcap wines do not age well are sorely mistaken, in fact I will go right out on a limb and say they are dead-wrong (this does not apply to all wines under the twist, but a vast majority seem to do much better than I would have expected.  This Shiraz showed great spice right "off the hop" with pepper, cassis, dried black cherry, and a medium length finish that had black licorice and coffee grounds sprinkled throughout - ready now for those who like their Shiraz leaning to the older side.


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