Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday
I figured that it is getting towards the end of October and I should probably try to be a little bit seasonal and maybe slightly Halloween-y. The problem that I find with the kitschy Halloween wines is the label is amazing and is perfect for a party but the juice inside is usually less than fantastic.
I ran to the LCBO to find something and with only a bit of caffeine in me, I actually made a decision all by myself. It may have been that easy because I have had 19 Crimes previously and if memory serves I liked it.
Here is a little video explaining why it is called 19 Crimes, enjoy!
Review :: 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif
Varietal : Shiraz, Durif (Petite Sirah)
Region: Victoria, Australia
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
Price : $18.95 CAD
In the glass this wine is a deep, yet bright garnet color, perfection for a bloody Halloween themed soirée! This is an Australian Shiraz so you get all the jammy notes, but there is also Petite Sirah (Durif) which is the power in the glass. On the nose I get loads of dark fruits, a touch of woody vanilla, and anise.
The over-the-top personality that is Australian Shiraz becomes more structured with the backbone of the ever powerful Petite Sirah. On the palate, the wine has rich dark fruits, tobacco, and chalky tannins with a bright acidity that lingers till the next sip.
This wine is rough, tough, and rugged so pair with a big meal. You could easily enjoy this with some selection of red meat or if you’re of the non-meat liking variety, try a flavorful glaze on a massive portobello. Yums, that sounds wonderful.
This wine is actually quite approachable and is the perfect bottle to bring and start a conversation with.
P.S. Let me introduce my Skeleton Sommelier, isn’t he just the cutest!