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 Spirits / Victoria January 19, 2015 Victoria Whisky Festival: An interview with Don Livermore Victoria’s ever-popular annual Whisky Festival took place at the Hotel Grand Pacific January 15th – 18th. With a series of master classes and a ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Vancouver January 16, 2015 o5 Tea Bar in Vancouver If coffee is in its third wave—Nabob (first wave), Starbucks (second wave), Stumptown and Intelligencia (third wave)—then tea is a little behind. ... Read More Cocktails January 14, 2015 Pierre Picaud Cocktail This time of year, I really enjoy the flavors of mezcal with the warm spices of the season. Mezcal can be very underrated and misunderstood, but with ... Read More January 2, 2015 January | February 2015 Issue On Stands Now The January/February 2015 issue of EAT hits the streets today. As always pick-up a copy from your favourite shop, restaurant or café …or read the ... Read More Drink This / Sparkling Wine December 31, 2014 Celebrate (Every Day) with BC Bubbles I’m not advocating saving sparkling wine for special occasions. Quite the opposite – any day that ends in Y receives a YAY sparkling wine vote ... Read More Cocktails / Victoria December 24, 2014 Holiday Cocktails Good spirits and holiday celebrations are in the air. Festive get-togethers are popping up everywhere and nothing says “tis the season” better ... Read More Comments are closed.