Full Review

Aficionado

Aficionado
2015 Red Blend, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1.2%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Aficionado
2015 Red Blend, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1.2%
Dark violet color. Lively, sweet aromas of blackberry tart, butter roasted nuts, sweet spices, and dark chocolate orange peels with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length black forest cake and apple sauce finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice everyday red for casual enjoyment.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth & oaky
Aroma Aroma: blackberry tart, butter roasted nuts, sweet spices, and dark chocolate orange peels
Taste Flavor: black forest cake and apple sauce
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Aged Cheddar Cheeseburger, Margherita Pizza, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice everyday red for casual enjoyment.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

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Other Australian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other important Australian reds besides Shiraz include Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, along with small quantities of Tempranillo, Malbec and a few others.

Pinot Noir performs beautifully in Western Australia, while Grenache and Morvedre can be found in several areas, including New South Wales and Barossa. These two Rhone varieties are often blended together; recently a highly acclaimed and popular Austrlaian red is GSM, referring to three grapes: Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. This blend is loosely based on the famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine from France's Rhone Valley.

Excellent versions of Cabernet Sauvignon are produced in several reigions including the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek.