I’m still on a Syrah kick. I love it. So I pulled one of the last bottles from the half case of Cameron Hughes wine I won at the Wine Blogger Conference to attempt to satisfy the craving. I picked the 2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 77 Barossa Shiraz. It had a diam closure and clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume.
Nope. Too spicy for me. It felt like I was sniffing my pepper grinder. Once I got past that I noted some chocolate, campfire smoke, more pepper, and something earthy and herbal. But it was really dominated and overwhelmed by the pepper. In the mouth I found the wine to be tannic and peppery. I found a bit of fruit juice with some herbs on the edges, but I just couldn’t get past the pepper. So if peppery wines are your thing, this is perfect….but they aren’t mine (at least not to this extent) so this one is NMS.