By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, December 27th, 2007 at 10:58 am in Uncategorized.
This is a lovely, soft blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre from some of the oldest vines in the world.
The early settlers came to Australia’s Barossa Valley with vine cuttings from James
Busby’s collection gathered during his trip to France and Spain in 1831. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvédre were some of the very first red grape varieties planted and these low yielding, old dry grown bush vines survive today.
In the glass, the wine is cherry red and medium bodied. The nose is full of currants and raspberries and the flavor reminds me of herb-dusted dark berries. It’s a very well balanced wine and the initial blow of alcohol, though not particularly high at 14.5%, disappears with a little breathing.
If I made lamb, I’d serve this with a roasted version covered in herbs. But since I don’t I had it with Zachary’s pizza. Those herb-marinated tomatoes loved the wine. Get it online at Peter Lehman Wines for $16.