Full Review

Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles
2016 Red Blend, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35

Bells & Whistles
2016 Red Blend, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.8%
Garnet color. Aromas of lavender, grilled plum, cranberry relish, and eucalyptus with a full body and a long chocolate mint and herbal gastrique finish. A vibrantly spicy red blend that screams for bbq.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lavender, grilled plum, cranberry relish, and eucalyptus
Taste Flavor: chocolate mint and herbal gastrique
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrantly spicy red blend that screams for bbq.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

Their Portfolio

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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.