These Vinteloper 2014 Shiraz tasting notes were produced during our recording of episode 149 of The Adelaide Show podcast in the Rooster Radio studio.

Although Vinteloper is a husband and wife project with husband, David, often being praised for his winemaking philosophy, Nigel was instantly distracted by the label artwork which is produced by wife, Sharon.

This is the second Vinteloper wine on The Adelaide Show. The first was back in episode 26 in February 2014, when the team had a 2012 Adelo Red Blend, recommended to him by a Kiwi bottle shop assistant in Darwin.

This time round, however, the wine was organised by Andrew Montesi who tapped David Bowley on the shoulder, given that David had been a guest on Rooster Radio previously.

This wine is in Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines in the UK list and adding extra poignancy to our tasting was the fact there were only 1,368 bottles left when David handed over the bottles. “Take two,” James noted. To which Steve added, “I think they’re as rare as roosters’ teeth.”

“Take two,” James noted. To which Steve added, “I think they’re as rare as roosters’ teeth.”

Vinteloper 2014 Shiraz tasting notes

This is a cool climate Shiraz from the Adelaide Hills, although it is not as reserved as those tasted recently on The Adelaide Show.

James said he enjoys the Vinteloper 2014 Shiraz because it is more subtle and has more nuances than typical Barossa Shiraz.

Steve described how his palate prefers the bigger style with dancing girls swirling their dresses on his tongue, however, he says this Vinteloper is different. Like most cool climate wine this is like a small, cardboard cutout character of the variety, but unlike many others, this has a great light source near it and it projects a full, larger-than-life, shadow-puppet figure onto your palate.

“Most cool climate wine is like a small, cardboard cutout character of the variety, but unlike many others, this has a great light source near it and it projects a full, larger-than-life, shadow-puppet figure onto your palate,” says Steve.

Generally, the cast fell in love with this wine. It is smooth, it has notes of chocolate and plum, and the tannins were well behaved.

This is a classy wine and you can hear our live tasting about five minutes in, below:

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