Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Insurrection Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2014
Is there anything more Aussie than a Cabernet and Shiraz blend? Only a Men at Work reunion and a massive Vegemite giveaway could hope to compete. The Insurrection Shiraz/Cab is crafted by veteran winemaker Steve Roden. The grapes are sourced from cool climate vineyards in Padthaway, Barossa, and Langhorne Creek. The wine was matured in both American and French casks for a period of nine months. The result is a big and jammy red with concentrated fruit, lovely spice notes, and structured but firm tannins.
Shiraz and Cabernet go together like peanut butter and jelly. Luckily Australian winemakers taught us all about this great pairing decades ago and like all classics, it's still good. The grapes for the Insurrection Shiraz/Cabernet are sourced from cool climate vineyards in the regions of Padthaway and Langhorne Creek of South Eastern Australia. Winemaker Steve Roden is chuffed with this wine declaring that this wine, "highlights all the things Australian wines are best known for: big, rich flavor, tons of fruit and immediate drinkability." We agree.
Deepest, darkest, ruby red color. The nose is packed full with ripe, sweet red and black berries with a dash of tart berries to add interest. The jammy fruit is supported by a generous dose of brown baking spices, dark chocolate, cigar, and hints of charred, sweet oak. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a lush but ideally balanced fruit core flanked by waves of spice, cigar box, and subtle oak notes. Full-bodied and certainly jammy with enough vibrant acidity to keep it fresh with structured but firm tannins.
How to Serve
Enjoy with nothing more than a glass but it is practically begging for a burger.
Price: $ 17