Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 31, 2011 R Wines Skulls 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest R Wines Skulls 2008 Southern Australia, Australia $20-24 +172825 available at BC Liquor Stores & select private liquor retailers Look directly at the label and tell me what you see. A man falling from a tree? Or a human skull? Step back and take another boo. You don’t even need to have been drinking to be mesmerized by this artistic illusion, an illustration by artist Istvan Orosz titled Ship of Fools. However, be forewarned: if you drank a whole bottle of this heavyweight bruiser (16.9% alcohol!!!), you’d just be seeing stars (or be passed out). The 16.9% alcohol is certainly evident – from first nostril cleansing sniff to the slow warmth down your throat. But it wasn’t a mistake. R Wines was founded in 2005 by partners Dan Philips and Chris Ringland – Ringland being regarded as amongst Australia’s most gifted winemakers. Evidently now in receivership, R Wines produced wines from vineyards all over Australia including Riesling from Western Australia, Pinot Noir from Victoria, Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa. Skulls 2008 is 100% Shiraz, born from 20-60 year old Barossa vines and raised in American oak. Deep dark purple in hue, with high intensity candied red and black herbed licorice notes, Skulls shows a super concentrated palate of polished black fruit, floral spice, smoke and vanilla. The finish is inky black licorice. Even with all of this ripe and massive fruit, the alcohol is evident (no illusion could mask 17%). If you like huge, concentrated, heat-packing reds, pick one up. If you like delicate Pinot Noir, keep on looking. This wine, and its label, is not for the feint of heart. A monstrous wine – perfectly fitting for Halloween. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommends R Wines Skulls 2008 Skulls 2008 is 100% Shiraz, born from 20-60 year old Barossa vines and raised in American oak. Deep dark purple in hue, with high intensity candied red and black herbed licorice notes, Skulls shows a super concentrated palate of polished black fruit, floral spice, smoke and vanilla. The finish is inky black licorice. Even with all of this ripe and massive fruit, the alcohol is evident (no illusion could mask 17%). This wine, and its label, is not for the feint of heart. A monstrous wine – perfectly fitting for Halloween. AustraliaWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade. In addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for WineAlign, ... Read More You may also like Victoria / Winemaker Dinners July 23, 2014 Coming Up at Taste: The All Bacon Dinner. Intrigued? Every summer Karen Gillis, the winemaker at Red Rooster in the Okanagan, gets together a bunch of friends for a bacon weekend at her house. That’s ... Read More Food Pairings July 23, 2014 What to DRINK With That : Tour de France Edition DRINK editor Treve Ring asks local wine experts how they would approach pairing dishes and flavours. Since we’re big cycling fans here at EAT, she ... Read More Wine July 23, 2014 The How-to of Wine by the Campfire When I think of camping, I think of three things: a warm crackling fire, a deep crimson sunset and food-friendly wine. Every summer, I usually take ... Read More Beer & Cider / Wine July 22, 2014 Afternoon Craft Beer Delight —Finding Value in BC’s New Liquor Laws The recent changes to British Columbia’s liquor laws haven’t been well received by everyone. While happy hour is now officially sanctioned, and ... Read More Events / Wine July 16, 2014 Grapes of the World at the New Victoria Wine Festival British Columbia’s vibrant wine industry continues to spoil West Coast residents with an abundance of sipping choices. While Victoria continues to ... Read More Drink This July 16, 2014 Company’s Coming I don’t know about you, but I keep certain wines on hand for certain guests. Or more succinctly, I have styles of wine on hand for styles of ... Read More Comments are closed.