Spicy Reds from Chile, Australia & South Africa

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McHenry Hohnen 3 Amigos Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro 2007, Margaret River, Australia (~£12.50 Oddbins, Wine Rack, Adnams, Bablake Wines, The City Beverage Co, Constantine Stores, Flourish and Prosper, The General Wine Co, Quaff Fine Wines, Handford Wines, Willoughbys Wine Warehouse, Milford Wine Centre, Peckhams, Walter Hicks Wine Merchant, Tanners, The Vineyard, Wimbledon Wine Cellar)
Slightly wild savoury character, touches of strawberry jam – proper strawberry jam, not stuff without pips. Then comes the bouncy, peppery berry and plum of Shiraz, the rounder, plusher Grenache and the wild meatiness of Mourvedre. Overall juicy and refreshing, concentrated but not trying to assault you with power. S-

Viña Maipo Gran Devoción Syrah/Petit Sirah 2008, Maule Valley, Chile (£12.99 www.gondola.co.uk)
OK soft chocolatey edge, with spicy plummy fruit, but it’s spoiled by that typical Chilean character of blackcurrant pastilles & reduction. Tried this three days, and by the time that character had gone, so had the fruit. B-

Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc ‘Middle of Everywhere’ Shiraz 2008, Frankland River, Western Australia (£13.99 The Vineyard, Universal Liquor Mart, Chivertons Of Sussex, Kevin O’Rourke Wines)
There’s almost a savage Mediterranean character here, there’s bold dark plummy fruit plus hints of dark chocolate, but it’s that meaty garrigue-like wildness that is the main event. Very tasty and grown-up. S

Sijnn 2007, Swellendam, South Africa (£17.75 Bibendum)
Yum yum. This is another untamed beauty, has that essence of orange peel and slight sandalwood soapiness of Syrah, dark plum and berry flesh, touches of southern herbs, ginger biscuit and pomegranate, and a generous plush finish. S+

Larry Cherubino The Yard Acacia Vineyard Shiraz 2008, Frankland River, Western Australia (£18.99 The Vineyard, Universal Liquor Mart, Butlers Wine Cellar, Kevin O’Rourke Wines)
More of a brooder than the ‘Middle of Everywhere’, this is rich, poised but closed wine, that needs another couple of years to come out of its shell. The dense blackcurrant, mulberry and orange peel flavours are pepped up by notes of spice, coal dust, bay and minerals, real iron fist in velvet glove fodder. S+

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