Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 31, 2011 R Wines Skulls 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestR Wines Skulls 2008 Southern Australia, Australia$20-24 +172825 available at BC Liquor Stores & select private liquor retailersLook 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)EATrecommendsR Wines Skulls 2008Skulls 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 May 25, 2015 Nitro-Infused Coffee is THE Thing This Summer ... Read More Food Pairings May 25, 2015 What to DRINK with That: Classic Dishes From Spain DRINK editor Treve Ring asks local wine experts how they would approach pairing dishes and flavours. For this edition we are looking to classic ... Read More Spirits May 22, 2015 Kicked-Up Coffee – BC Coffee Liqueurs Collaborations There’s been an explosion in local distilleries in the last few years, and signs are they’re growing in exciting new directions. I talked to ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Vancouver May 11, 2015 Elysian Coffee Roastery Back in 2000, Elysian Coffee opened its first café around the corner from Vancouver’s Fifth Avenue Cinemas. It did things differently from the ... Read More Drink People May 7, 2015 Our First International Houseguest: Portland’s Jordan Felix Death Cab for Cutie’s new album Kintsugi once again echoes their Pacific Northwest roots, including the verse from the song Black Sun, “There is ... Read More Cocktails May 1, 2015 Rambunctious Part 2 – Mojito In part one, we spoke about the classic Daiquiri, a cocktail with a unifying beginning, a historically, somewhat celebrity upbringing until its ... Read More Comments are closed.