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Jay Denney

Jay Denney

16 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 97/100

2018 Vintage. 5-hour decant. Dollar for dollar, this is in my opinion, the best Barossa Shiraz available. You get > 90% of the depth and quality of a Grange or Hill of Grace for 10 - 20% of the cost. Inky dark purple in colour, this wine just sends wave after wave or jammy dark berries crashing over your palate. Notes of pepper and saddle and an almost meaty mouthfeel.

Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2011

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
606 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 97/100

One of my favourite all-time wines, and the 2011 vintage is no exception. If you're not familiar with this gem, here's some background. Muga is one of the few wineries left that employs full-time in house master coopers that make all the wineries' oak barrels and vats. Muga's two marquis wines are the Prado Enea and the Torre Muga. The Prado Enea has been my favourite, and part of that is the aging process that leads to such a complex wine This one started out for a year in large oak vats, then another 40 months in oak barrels, and then another 3-4 years of bottle aging in the cellar before being released. Deep inky purple in colour. Rich dark berries dominate both the bouquet and palate, with notes of roasted mushroom, earth, and spice. This is full-bodied and then some, and despite being a decade old, needs considerable decanting time to relax the muscular tannins. We had it with a classic roast beef dinner, but this would also pair well with braised lamb shanks or roasted pheasant.

Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927

Montilla-Moriles, Andaloucia, Spain
1127 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 96/100

My only complaint about this stunner is that I didn't order more than the 4 splits I have, and now it's sold out! A phenomenal P.X. Layer upon layer of caramel brulee, mocha, roasted nuts splashed with dried fig and raisin. At $23 for a split, this was perhaps the single greatest value in an after dinner wine I have found in some time.

Command Single Vineyard

Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015

Barossa, South Australia, Australia
729 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 95/100

The crowd favourite at YOWine's Syrah / Shiraz event and for good reason. This wine is a great example of why top-tier Barossa is right up there with Cornas and Cote-Rotie as the premier Syrah / Shiraz regions on the planet. A beautiful nose of jam, ripe berries and leather, with much of the same on the palate. The tannins make their presence known but don't steal the limelight from the lush Barossa fruit.

Great Western, Victoria

Great Western, Victoria Best`s Great Western LSV Shiraz - Viognier 2016 2016

Great Western, Victoria, Australia
1591 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 94/100

Jay Denney

Memorable Wine

Many to choose from, for different reasons. Top 5 (in no real order), 1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil, 2001 Amon-Ra, 2005 Rollingdale Pinot Gris Icewine, 1990 Vega Sicilia, 1995 Moulin Touchais


First Wine

When I was 17, my cousin gave me a taste of '92 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, and '85 Batasiolo Barolo. Both were revelations.


Unusual Wine Experience

Picking icewine grapes in the middle of the night in -15 weather.


Current Fav Wine

Reds from the Barossa and Langhorne Creek regions still own my wine heart.





Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
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