Wine Tasting #3: Australian Shiraz (QUARANTINE Edition)


Having spent about a month at home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, I have had a lot of time on my hands. Most of my days are spent writing, exercising, applying to jobs, and of course, eating. Might not be a whole lot to it, but when you’re stuck at home, activities are expected to be limited…

Any case, I had received an excellent deal on wines from Groupon several weeks ago– it was 15 bottles for about $38 USD (plus an additional $35 for shipping and handling). Even better was that I could tack on a 10% voucher to lower the price even more! I really love wine, and I thought that I might as well go ahead and purchase this incredible deal to enjoy myself at home. A couple of clicks later, and I was good to go!

The wine arrived about a week-and-a-half later, which wasn’t too bad. In total, I received seven bottles of red wine, seven of white, and one of rosé. They come from all corners of the Earth, including Chile, Spain, France, Australia, and the US. I appreciated the vast assortment of different wines, and you could bet that I was super excited to try them out.

Considering that there are so many of them, what I’ve decided is to make a weekly series on my wine-tasting experience with these kinds of wines. I’m dedicating myself to tasting one bottle of wine per week, so as not to get too carried away with alcoholic consumption. I’m by no means a wine connoisseur, but I have a general idea of what I’ll rate each wine on, thanks to a few years abroad in France (and consuming TONS of wine there, both good and bad). Here’s the third part of the series, and I hope you enjoy!

Cocoparra (Australia), Shiraz 2019


I actually didn’t start drinking Shiraz until quite recently; I recall it’s only been half a year since I tried it for the first time, and I found it to be a smooth, yet strong blend that I could find myself on board with. That said, I was looking forward to this particular Shiraz, especially that from Australia which is known to have some good ones.

Opening the bottle, I smelled the wine. It was a pleasant smell, albeit with some acidity and a subtle, almost-peppery character which surprised me, but in a good way. I liked the smell, especially compared to previous wines which had a nearly-plastic odor that I wasn’t fond of at all.

The taste was pretty good: although it was definitely weaker than previous Shirazs I’ve tried, I still found the peppery character of it come through. Smooth upon first sip, then the slight bite from the acidity before mellowing out as you swallow.

My ratings:

  • Smell: 4/5 (pleasant, with a slight peppery bite)
  • Color: 4.5/5 (deep, rich red. As a Shiraz should be)
  • Dry level: 3.5/5 (surprisingly on the sweeter side, despite being a red)
  • After-taste: 3.5/5 (smooth finish, with a peppery taste in between)

Overall rating: 4/5

Although weaker in taste than other Shirazs I’ve had, this particular one surprised me with its subtlety, yet also character shown through its peppery kick. It’s easy to consume, and it’s perfect for both a nice, steak or lamb meal and as a stand-alone on its own.


…thanks for reading, and more of this series to come soon. Stay safe, everyone!


— The Finicky Cynic

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