Open Bottle - Rubus Shiraz

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time: 04:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free

Every Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm we open a special bottle of wine and offer to you at a highly discounted price.
The wines are typically 90 points or better and are discounted 20-40%. Sometimes even more! when we can get special pricing from our vendors , we pass the savings along to you!!
Come in on Thursday and sample. If you can't make it, call us and we can put some aside for you!! 
(All purchases must be accompanied by a credit card.)




 Estate Bottled

Barossa Valley, Australia 
98% Shiraz & 2% Viognier

You may remember we featured this wine and sold it out last year.
Well our Down Under ship came in with the same vintage and it"s still drinking at it"s peak right now, maybe even better! This full bodied Shiraz is the perfect wine for anything on the Barbie Mate!

90 Points
The Wine Spectator

"Blackberry, currant and blueberry flavors are dense, intense and powerful, mingling with black licorice, sage and spice notes, with a brambly undertone. A spicy hint lingers on the finish..."

Our Thoughts.........

This richly concentrated Barossa Shiraz is indicative of the style for which Australia"s top production region is famous. The wine is dark in color, rich and dense. There are ample tannins balanced by the powerful fruit. You will note the hints of blackberries, dark cherry and ever so slight eucalyptus flavors upfront and on the finish.
Fire up the grill and bring on the meat!

Winemakers Notes
The Viognier was co-fermented (50/50) with Shiraz and then back blended with Shiraz before filling to oak. Fermentation was cool for the Shiraz Viognier parcel (20 deg C) and slightly warmer for the Shiraz parcels (26-28 deg C). We used a yeast called RX60 which was originally isolated from Barossa vineyards but is now commercially produced. Malo-lactic fermentation was carried out at the same time as alcoholic fermentation. By the time the parcels were pressed they were ready to be locked up and put to bed in oak. We used some A grade material to bolster the Rubus blend. (Read 15 % Premium Shiraz) These parcels saw very sexy American oak that was coopered in France – they are a toned down version of American oak and require much more time to blossom. It might just be in my head but the American oak coopered in France is much more delicate and the tannins it gives to the wine are more elegant and long. The remaining wine saw American oak coopered in America, most of the oak was sourced from the Appalachian mountain range. The coopers say that these barrels add a spicy nose and creamy mid palate (almost like lemon cream). They tend to have less sweet oak character and therefore helps retain the perception of acid line.