Contrary to what people must think about us lushes, there are times and places when we just don’t want wine. Saturday morning, when I’ve just arrived at work, is one of them. Coffee? Yes. Water? Yes. Wine? Not so much. Highly alcoholic fruit bombs? Especially not.
That’s why I wasn’t exceptionally thrilled to be given two new Aussie wines to try this past Saturday morning. Australian red, bless its heart, tends to be big, bold, fruit forward, and peppery. DELICIOUS, but aggressive and in-your-face, nonetheless.
I was quite pleasantly surprised to taste the two reds that I present to you today: the Vinaceous 2006 Red Right Hand from South Australia, a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, and Tempranillo, and the Vinaceous 2006 Snake Charmer, which is 100% Shiraz. Vinaceous is a new winery in Perth, and these two bottlings are their first ever (and what pretty bottlings they are!).
Both were complex and interesting wines that did not rely on excess fruit or tannin for charm. The Red Right Hand had a lovely nose of red fruits and baking spices, which gave way to a juicy, understated, and persistent palate of soft spice and plum. The Snake Charmer had a super floral nose (so fun!) and a strong mineral backbone that held up its savory berry fruit.
Well, I’ve found my Saturday morning wine. (A good thing? Probably not.) And they’ll be available to you later on this summer (both at less than $25 too!). Sorry for the teaser, but I just wanted to share my excitement.
Posted by Jane.