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 Liquid Assets February 7, 2017 Chateau Turcaud Entre-Deux-Mers, Wynns Coonawarra Riesling, Domaine Paul Autard Cotes Du Rhone CHATEAU TURCAUD ENTRE-DEUX-MERS 2015 France $18.00 Better known in France than here in beautiful British Columbia, Chateau Turcaud is considered one ... Read More Spirits / Victoria January 26, 2017 Victoria Whisky Festival: Preview Tasting & Canadian Award Winners Another year of the Victoria Whisky Festival wrapped up this past weekend. While Victorians, et al., came in droves to have a dram of the golden ... Read More Liquid Assets January 25, 2017 Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon, Hester Creek Pinot Blanc & Beronia Reserva Rioja OLGA RAFFAULT LES PICASSES CHINON 2011 FRANCE $27.00-30.00 Les Picasses is a vineyard that stands out! Fifty-year-old cabernet franc growing on a ... Read More Liquid Assets January 16, 2017 Blue Grouse Pinot Gris, Joie Pinot Noir & Passamante Salice Salentino BLUE GROUSE PINOT GRIS 2015 VANCOUVER ISLAND $20-25 With a production of a scant 300 cases a year it would not surprise me if this wine were all ... Read More Cocktails / Victoria November 13, 2016 A Conversation With Super Caesar Fan: Liz McArthur Different cocktails have different philosophical traditions attached to them. At least this is how I see it. I still reject the notion that, just ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits November 8, 2016 Aging and Infusing Liquor Now Allowed in BC Restaurants & Bars British Columbia’s licensed restaurants, bars, manufacturer lounges and caterers will be able to age and infuse liquor in order to create their own ... Read More Comments are closed.