Let's do something a bit different for WineBloggingWednesday #30. This month's theme is new world S[hi]yra[z]h. My entry is most definitely new world. But, the 100-Shiraz question is this:
Is this single-varietal wine a Shiraz or something else?
The Entry: An old-vines (allegedly really old vines) 2004 red w/screwcap from Australia's Barossa Valley.
This deep, indigo wine offers initial scents of cedar chips and bacon fat. However, rather quickly, these nasal treats are overtaken by big, burly berry scents of blackberry preserves (some may say, "jam") with hints of black pepper and asphalt.
In the mouth, this red Aussie wallops the tongue with hearty, shrivelly fruit flavors coupled to coffee and vanilla accents. Even though body-wise the wine is a big-un, it still possesses fairly balanced acidity (a nifty trick) and semi sandpapery tannins. All in all, as new world reds go, this wine is actually hospitible to food - the right food of course. Try it with mashed potatoes slathered in truffle butter and a medium rare, dry-aged slab of steak.
So what say you, S[hi]yra[z]h or no S[hi]yra[z]h?
Reminder: SLC folks can taste more wines like this at next week's, "Wines of the Future" class/tasting. Don't forget to sign up. It's only twenty-bucks!