Having tried other wines from Yellow Tail, I wanted to give Yellow Tail Shiraz a try too.
This wine, like their others, comes from Casella Wines in South Eastern Australia.
According to the bottle, the Casella family has been making wines for three generations. Their winery is located in the town of Yenda.
For this review I had help from my good friend Allen who has helped on several other reviews. His keen palate is always welcome!
Yellow Tail Shiraz Review
In appearance, this wine is dark plum in color. Just a little light shines through, giving soft red reflections in the glass.
This wine is one of the most leggy wines I’ve ever experienced. Lots and lots of narrow drips slid quickly down the sides of the glass immediately upon pouring.
When we gave this wine a sniff we both noticed a good whiff of alcohol in the aroma. Yellow Tail Shiraz alcohol content 13.0% by volume, per the bottle. We were expecting it to be quite higher and were surprised when we read that it was only 13.0%.
The aroma is quite pronounced in intensity. We picked up scents of blackberry, tobacco and a cinnamon like spiciness.
While that may sound interesting, there was also a very medicinal quality to the aroma that I really did not like. It’s very pronounced and overwhelming when you are trying to taste the wine.
When tasting Yellow Tail Shiraz we felt there was an immediate and somewhat harsh bitterness to the flavor. The taste lacks any red or black fruits and evolves into a burnt caramel flavor just prior to the tannins kicking in.
When we were discussing this, we wondered if maybe this wine was too young or had an issue during the aging process. The vintage we were tasting was the 2014.
Tannins were washed out. We noticed a little grip that was mildly felt on the tongue, but that was about it.
Finish was short to medium.
Overall, we just didn’t like this wine. The aroma was off-putting and did nothing to help the flavor. Even with some time to breathe, there was no noted improvement. I wouldn’t buy this again and can’t recommend it.
Yellow Tail Shiraz price $6.99.
Have you tried Yellow Tail Shiraz? If so, please Leave a Reply below. We’re really curious to hear what others think about this wine. Were we off? Did we get a bad bottle? The cork was fine when we pulled it out.