Yowza. And I feel it's OK to use “yowza” as a descriptor for a wine called “Jip Jip Rocks”.
When I spend 12-13 bucks for an Aussie Shiraz, I expect to get a fruit-forward, jammy, flabby, cocktail wine which may or may not have a quick finish. And that type of wine is not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, it's a profile that I occasionally am in the mood for. So when I picked up this bottle for $12.99, I wasn't expecting much other than a big glob of black berry fruit.
Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
This under-$15 surprised me because it is a beast. It's huge – huge in nose, huge in flavor, huge in structure. I call it a beast because it is surprisingly big and has a distinct feral or animal character – something you generally don't get with an inexpensive Shiraz. It reminds me more of a Rhone Syrah or a South African Pinotage, than a typical Australian Shiraz.
Tasting Notes: Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz
The nose exudes a complex aroma of ripe black fruits, tobacco, menthol, tar, earth, eucalyptus, and band-aid. In the mouth it is meaty – in weight, texture, and flavor. It has a smoked meat element, along with dried or cooked fruit (prune?), black cassis, tobacco leaf, and blackberry. Tannins are bold, acidity is medium. There is a bit of expected hotness in the tail end of the finish – but that's what you get with a wine of this ripeness. Finishes bone dry with dried black fruit and spice flavors lingering. Tasty on its own if you like bold wines, better when matched with protein – burgers, cheese, roasted meats.
a-9 t-9 b-8 fc-7 v-8 ~ 91 Points