Syrah, or Shiraz as it can be more commonly found as down under, is one of the other important red grapes that holds an endearing place in many peoples hearts, and on their palates. This feisty red grape is known for darker fruits, a spicy nature, and a tendency to even pull in flavors like black pepper and tar. Syrah can range from a brooding behemoth to a charming, even keeled sort of grape. While the best hail from Australia and the Rhone, there are plenty of fine examples that come from California and Washington. While comfortable on it’s own, it frequently can be seen in the company of Garnacha and Mourvedre.
Hailing from North East of Adelaide, 2009 Milton Park Shiraz should provide a decent example of what a Shiraz can be. Will it take flight, or is it just short of take off? Sandpiper away
Earlier this week, it was brought to my attention that today is Cabernet Day. While Cabernet Sauvignon is the most common, there is also Cabernet Franc. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a Cabernet Franc that’s reasonably in First Pour’s standard price range. Not be dissuaded, we shall, keep looking. Until then, we’ve decided to stick with the deliciousness of Cabernet Sauvignon. For this Cabernet Day, 2009 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is on deck from South Australia. Evoking memories of my last visit down under, it promises nice fruit, and well thought out oak. Given the start of fall, this Cabernet sounds like a good way to kick things off with robust flavors and strong oak influences. Not to mention, with the holidays coming, it’s never too early to start looking for a wine for that special someone, or for dinner with relatives.
Holiday or Regift?
Oxford Landing is another South Australian, who like Yellow Tail, produces a large variety of wines for relatively good prices, with more of a refined packaging look. In this case they’re making a Viognier, which is a rather low yield grape.
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