Bottle back: “They say ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’ so open a bottle of Mr. Black’s Little Book and pour over his formulae, mixtures and little secrets.” Yes, the label is intriguing. But it’s really what’s inside that counts!
He said: Quite enjoyable, great value. Got cedar, chocolate and coffee flavours, with low acidity. Lengthy finish, complex flavour, harmonious balance. High alcohol level gets in the way of the flavour a bit. Total of 37/50 points.
She said: I could smell ripe grapes from a couple of feet away, once Dave opened the bottle. Had a pretty intense flavour, a bit reminiscent of prunes, blackberry, cassis with a touch of chocolate. Low acidity, full bodied with nice balance. Bit more alcohol than I like – usually makes my face too red. But nice yummy wine! Total 37/50 points. Seem to be a few good reviews for 2010 and 2011 vintages so definitely worth looking for those.
We both thought this was pretty good – lots of dark fruit in the mouth, and medium on the boldness scale. Would be great with a nice burger – maybe even ribs, and cheese dishes (Welsh Rarebit, for instance).
- Small Gully Mr. Blacks Little Book, 2008 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
- 100% Shiraz, 15.2% alcohol
- Drink 2013-2015. Seems to be in its peak right now.
- Cost $17.95 at Ontario LCBO