When searching for a top drop of Shiraz or Grenache, it is pretty hard to go past Australia’s Barossa Valley.
So I didn’t (though, I did consider a little detour to McLaren Vale along the way; definitely a worthy rival when it comes to these lush, palate-pleasing grapes).
I didn’t even bother choosing between the two varieties; opting, instead, to crack open a bottle of the 2009 MDV “Jack Raj” Shiraz Grenache.
The “Jack Raj” is named after the winemaker’s son and is a testament to the nurturing hand employed in crafting this fine wine.
The even 50/50 amount of its two varieties is evident and the distinctive characteristics of each are in perfect harmony.
Vibrant red and purple mixed berries, sour plums and a kick of fresh aniseed fill out the generous front palate. Incredibly soft tannins and refreshing acid from the Shiraz make for a svelte and clean finish. The wine is not overly intense, yet the bright fruit flavours and fine palate leave you wanting more.
I would perhaps consider matching this lighter-style Barossa blend with confit duck, Spanish tapas or barbequed meats. However, it also tends to slip down very easily without the aid of food! Delightful!
Cellar: Drink now through to 2016
Winery Website: www.michaeldatta.com
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