Thank you Australia. Really. You have just added to my growing love for Shiraz. I don't know if it will ever reach the heights of Tempranillo, but you sure are coming close.
Screw top, fantastic Mexican "Luchadore" Wrestler motif label, 14.5% - now that is one powerful Mexican Wrestler. Buy you know what, it is simply a LUSH sipping wine. A mouth full of dried fruit taste, intense, but lush. A serious undertone of chocolate (hence the lushness). Alone, it was lovely. Pair with food, well, it made me want to give South Australia a hug. It smells great: spicy, but kind of brooding, there is a hint of tobacco wafting through. The label featuring a quintessential Mexican Camp Wrestler belies what comes out of the bottle. This is a sophisticated wine, and it is easy on the taste buds. More like a cute Matador that you find sexy even though he is wearing pink stockings. I appreciate the sense of humor.
After the Vinturi: Don't bother. It muddles the wine and just accentuates the high alcohol content. Just grab a bottle, screw off the top, pour a glass and enjoy. It went really well with our dinner and could hold its own with any savory dish.
Marinated Flank Steak
Leftover Lentils with Lamb, Sausage, smoked Duck Breast and Ham (always better the second day, and will be my lunch tomorrow)
Sauteed Peppers and Onions