Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 31, 2011 R Wines Skulls 2008 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 / SH / Victoria April 16, 2014 Welcome: Silk Road | Storehouse We’ve known Silk Road Tea and owner and founder Daniela Cubelic for many years and have always been impressed with Daniela’s amazing knowledge of ... Read More Drink This April 16, 2014 World Malbec Day April 17 marks the 4th annual World Malbec Day. While malbec is grown the world over, the day was established by Wines of Argentina to celebrate the ... Read More Spirits / Victoria April 15, 2014 Little Jumbo Partners with Scotch Malt Whisky Society Last night was a big night for Little Jumbo. They became one of a handful of places that can serve whiskies from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. ... Read More Coffee & Tea April 11, 2014 The Coffee Shop Meets the Cocktail Bar The evolution of the corner coffee shop and the local cocktail bar has been impressive, to say the least. The coffee shop being the cornerstone of ... Read More Drink This April 10, 2014 The Beaujo You Don’t Know What do you know about Beaujolais? Sure – cheap & cheerful Beaujolais Nouveau, rah rah big party in November. Great. And?? I want to share the ... Read More Food Pairings April 1, 2014 What to DRINK With That – Local Lamb, Truffled Chèvre, Spring Vegetables Our drink editor asks the experts how they would approach pairing Local Lamb with Salt Spring Truffled Chèvre and spring vegetables, plus a dessert ... Read More Comments are closed.