Casa Yellow Tail Shiraz 2013

Well rounded and juicy red that’s great on its own.

While the Yellow Tail Shiraz is, to those who have tried it, a relaxing, juicy Shiraz that’s fit for those days when you just fancy a decent glass of red wine, it doesn’t all add up.

The elephant in the room is to obviously recognise the wine’s quite heavily mass-produced, which usually means less attention from the winemaker when it comes to complexity; likewise in the vineyard too.

But, for it’s price (around £7 in most shops), it’s surprisingly rounded. Mostly sporting juicy flavours and a shiny ruby red colour, it’s perfectly good on its own. Not all that interesting, but certainly enjoyable. There’s even a little bit of spicy complexity that’s beginning to creep through as well.

I do, however, have a problem with Yellow Tail’s claim that this is a “food wine”. The finish is short, the acidity isn’t particularly high and there’s not a whole lot of negotiating room with the wine’s tannin either. That means there’s not really anything about this wine that makes my mouth water and my tummy buds lunge out for food.

Which is a shame.

But, having said that, this is certainly recommended as an evening wine in front of a film or with good conversation. As Yellow Tail aptly puts it, “Enjoy in front of a roaring fire”.

£7.75 (Waitrose, 75cl, April 2015).


Serve with…

…peppery crisps and a good film, or great company.

BFW Rating


Full, juicy and some beginnings of spice. Well rounded considering it’s price.

Medium-Full Bodied


South East, Australia



£-££ (Good Value)

Suitable for:
Vegetarians & Vegans

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