Posted on April 9th, 2010
With the winter having made a brief comeback over the last couple of weeks, keep those fresh zesty whites on ice in favour of rich, warming reds. Of course, that’s what I would have said until I saw the sunshine today. But let’s wait until there’s a run of it before we declare winter over.
I’ve selected three from the McLaren Vale (via Simply Wines) in South Australia to keep you going until Spring truly arrives.
All three are available online from simplywines.ie or offline from the Simply Wines warehouse in the Ballyogan Business Park on the Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18. For those interested, I’ve just published an interview with Simply Wines master vintner, Ian Dornan.
1. Battle of Bosworth Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale 2007 (€15)
My wine of the week last week and deservedly so. A northern Rhône style of spicy red Syrah grapes with the white Viognier fermented together. Meaty, spicy liquorice flavours softened by the floral, aromatic flavours and silky texture of Viognier.
With food: beef or mature cheddar
2. Pertaringa Two Gentlemens Grenache McLaren Vale 2005 (€19)
Grenache grown on its own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet. Powerful nose of cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. The palate follows in a similar vein with a rich spices underpinning dark fruit. Christmas cake in a glass. Stunningly good.
With food: Went perfectly with a rich warming lamb rogan josh, spices bought from greensaffron.com
3. Pertaringa Understudy Cabernet Petit Verdot McLaren Vale 2005 (€15)
The second from the Pertaringa stable is full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Concentrated blackcurrants, vanilla and cinnamon with soft sweet tannins. Rich, complex and beautifully balanced.
With food: new spring lamb