Murray Darling, Australia
Alc. 14 %
New Vintage! This wine was previously featured in the store, but is back by popular demand!
Murray Darling is located in the larger region of New South Wales. It is the second largest in size, and produces a quarter of the total wine produced in Australia. The nearly 1,000 growers are predominantly located in the south, where the region borders with Victoria. Not surprising, the name of the region is a combination of the two rivers that flow through it, Murray and Darling, converging in the town of Wentworth.
This apex point is home to the majority of vineyards. Here, more than 100,000 tons of Chardonnay is produced, and about 15% of the county's Shiraz production. As with many regions around the world, you can find vineyard planted along river valleys. In addition to the necessary irrigation (especially in this dry climate where drought is a recurring and controversial issue) the soils from river beds provide the perfect place to plant grapes.
Shiraz from Murray Darling is approachable and fruity, making it a 'drink now' kind of Shiraz. With a couple years in bottle, this wine is ready to enjoy today and should be served at 18 C.
Stewed fruits and jammy flavours give an opulence to the nose, it is rich, warm and inviting. We don't have to search too hard to find blueberry pie, cooked strawberries, over-ripe plums and vanilla. Cracked black pepper adds the expectant Shiraz spice we crave.
Intense flavours flow on a smooth and supple body. This isn't a heavy, overly bold bodied Shiraz, instead it is more easy-natured and approachable, allowing for an 'anytime' kind of wine drinking. Black cherry, sweet berries, and a tartness from cranberries provide the fruit base. Peppercorn shows again, with some herbaceous bay leaf and green noes. There is medium acidity that causes us to salivate lightly and sandy tannins that soften through the finish.
Kick off BBQ season with a bang! Invite the neighbours and grill up ribs and sausages. There is enough spice in this wine to hold its own to a peppery rub, and enough fruity sweetness to balance the smothering of sauces.