Sunday, March 30, 2008

Elegant Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend

Hey, guess what? Not all the wine from the Barossa Valley in South Australia is "big and brash." We tasted the Langmeil Three Gardens 2006 Shiraz blend yesterday at Salem Wine Imports. The wine retails for between $15-$20 and is a blend of 43% Shiraz, 37% Grenache, and 20% Mourvèdre creating a much more supple and moderately extracted wine. With blackberry and vanilla aromas giving way to subtle fruit and violet on the palate, and echoes of chocolate covered cherries on the finish, this Australian blend was a pleasant surprise. After googling it, I discovered that this wine was rated a "91" by Wine Spectator which means you better get some while the getting is good!


Jason Miller said...

Langmeil do some fantastic wines. Over the last few years we have seen The Barossa moving away from the big and brash examples to be somewhat more elegant and restrained (relatively speaking). Although in saying that the 2008 vintage is expected to produce BIG wines with huge alcohol - so Mr Parker will be happy.

Taster A said...

Let’s see how this vintage pans out. It will be interesting to see how the pundits rate them with such a wide variation.