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 Coffee & Tea December 18, 2014 Yerba Maté Part Two In the previous article we looked at the big picture when it comes to yerba maté. Now let’s look at one brand that is doing everything ... Read More Drink This / Food Pairings December 17, 2014 Pairing Wine With Holidays Carols (or How I Learned to Like Carols) Now that December is here, it’s officially time to open your ears to holiday carols. If you’re still in denial that Christmas is nearly upon us, ... Read More Drink This December 10, 2014 Drinks Pairing for the Big Holiday Feast It’s no real surprise that one of the largest and most orchestrated meals of the year for many people is also one of the most challenging to pair. ... Read More Events / Okanagan / Vancouver / Victoria December 3, 2014 The Best Sommelier in BC: From Wine Waiter to Rock Star Celebrity chefs have been around for a while, but rock star sommeliers are a newer phenomenon. The mousey definition of “wine waiter” doesn’t ... Read More Drink This November 26, 2014 Warm Weather, Big Feasts Maybe it’s just me, but when I think down to a big traditional turkey or roast beef or baked ham dinner with the fixins, it’s chilly out. Whether ... Read More Beer & Cider November 20, 2014 My First Beer Potluck: Critiquing 2014’s Winter Seasonals in a Cramped Apartment Between working for a food magazine and being around bikes for way too long, I’ve drank a lot of beer. My education in the nectar began sometime in ... Read More Comments are closed.