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 Cocktails March 18, 2015 The Romantic Lokum Royale Cocktail Many years ago, working in a restaurant in Brisbane, I went to my chef with a quandary. As a child, I loved the confectionary Turkish Delight, but ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 17, 2015 Victoria Beer Week 2015 Coverage VICTORIA BEER WEEK 2015 Grab a brew and relax Photo: Victoria Beer Week Contents updated each day with new events Opening Cask Night – March ... Read More Beer & Cider March 12, 2015 Women Take Back Brewing | Victoria Beer Week 2015 Kala Hadfield stands in front of a stainless steel tank on the brewery floor, her pink rubber boots sticky with malty wort. Here at Spinnakers, ... Read More Beer & Cider March 11, 2015 Pairing Food & Beer Together | Victoria Beer Week 2015 Stereotypes and pop culture often lump beer and game day together, along with relaxing in the summer heat with a cold beer and simple snacks. But ... Read More Beer & Cider March 10, 2015 Bikes and Beers | Victoria Beer Week 2015 Midway through a typical rain-soaked, mist-laden Vancouver Island winter bike ride I’m cold, thirsty, miserable, and wet. Mind broken, soul ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits March 6, 2015 Drink These Gins This Spring + An Easy, Refreshing Cocktail Recipe What are Spring Gins? While they aren’t really a gin category, we are going to examine a newer style of gin that use floral tones to break away ... Read More Comments are closed.