R Wines Luchador Shiraz
2007 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
90 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: February, 2009
[Recommended and tasted, but no tasting note given.]
89 pts. Wine Enthusiast: October, 2010
Mixed aromas of vanilla, Christmas spices and brandied black cherries give an almost dessert-like impression, although the wine is technically dry. The texture is creamy and luxurious, and the wine is very easy to drink despite its considerable weight, balanced by a tart edge of acidity on the finish. Drink now–2012.
87 pts. Wine Spectator: May 31, 2010
Polished and generous, offering a lively interplay of black cherry, licorice and dried tomato notes that make for a distinctive profile. Finishes with a mild grip of tannins. Drink now through 2013.
Stephen Boyd: June 17, 2009
Labels rarely indicate the quality of the wine on which they appear, but this Australian Shiraz lives up to its colorful packaging by declaring that this is a “wine that will body slam your tongue.” Subtle, this wine is certainly not. A product of the always-entertaining and high-quality Australian outfit R Wines, Luchador is soft on tannins and strong on dark berry fruit, notes of chocolate and oak, and a characteristic smooth finish. The fruit is heavy and deep and accents the dark ruby coloring. Try it with (or without) a wrestling mask for maximum enjoyment.