Posts Tagged ‘Australia’
94 Points, James Halliday
The blend percentages are not given, but the swapping of grenache for shiraz in first place does change the dynamics with riper red plum fruit to the fore on the soft, medium-bodied palate. Excellent mouthfeel and balance.
VARIETALS: 100% Syrah
Fifth-generation winemaker Grant Burge is a master of Shiraz. The 2009 is classic Burge Barossa with layers of blackberry, plum and black cherry with smoky cloves and dark chocolate. Dry and delectably mouthfilling, with impressive tannins and a ripe fruit core. Enjoy tonight with spaghetti and meatballs in a spicy BBQ sauce.
LCBO VINTAGES RELEASE MAGAZINE, Aug 20th 2011
Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!
McLaren Vale, Australia
90 Points — Wine Advocate
…The wine is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Shiraz, and 17% Grenache aged for 15 months in seasoned French oak. Dark ruby in color, it delivers an enticing bouquet of floral notes, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. Full-bodied, ripe, and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it manages to retain a sense of elegance. This lengthy blend has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years but there is no reason to delay your gratification. It is also an excellent value.
#186, Dec 2009
It is Halloween weekend and a time for kids to dress up in costume, hang out with their friends and go trick or treating for candy. But why should they have all the fun? These days everyone can get into the Halloween spirit, including wine lovers. So the editorial team at Wine Portfolio (who have been accused of acting like children on more than one occasion and therefore are qualified to comment) have put their minds together to create a list of SCARY HALLOWEEN WINES.
First up Dracula Pinot Noir from Vampire Wines. Made from pinot noir grapes grown in the Santa Maria Valley and placed in French Oak barrels for 18 months, this wine is rich with a deep dark cherry color. As the website says, “God made cabernet sauvignon, whereas the devil made pinot noir.” Andres Tchelistcheff (1901-1994).
Witches Falls Winery in Australia produces magically good whites. One of the best is their Riesling which is fresh and acidic with a crisp lime citrus taste. It is perfect for pairing with Asian food or dark chocolate (probably stolen from your kid’s loot bag).
Concha y Toro, the largest producer from Latin America has a devilishly good wine in the aptly named Casillero del Diablo Merlot. For those who don’t speak Spanish this means, the Cellar of the Devil. Legend has it that the workers at Concha y Toro were drinking all of the profits so the founder told the superstitious workers that the devil lived in his wine cellar so they dare not enter. Clearly this worked because they now export lots of this rich, dark and intense Merlot.
And finally to round out our list of two reds and two whites, don’t forget Pure Evil Chardonnay from South Australia. It is fun, affordable and the label is pure genius. Most of these wines are fairly widely available but if you can’t find them remember such stand bys as Seven Deadly Zins, Hocus Pocus and Blue Nun – what could be scarier than that?