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Mt. Monster

Mt. Monster
2016 Shiraz, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .2%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Mt. Monster
2016 Shiraz, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .2%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, carob nut bar, and hint of beef stock with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate espresso beans and craisins, mocha custard, peppery spiced nuts, and eucalyptus honey with dusty, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex, meaty, spicy, lightly herbal shiraz that will provide a colorful swath of flavor to a spicy meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: chocolate cherries, carob nut bar, and hint of beef stock
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate espresso beans and craisins, mocha custard, peppery spiced nuts, and eucalyptus honey
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Steak Fajitas, Lamb Vindaloo, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex, meaty, spicy, lightly herbal shiraz that will provide a colorful swath of flavor to a spicy meal.

The Producer or Importer

Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

The Producer or  Importer
331 Victory Rd
Winchester, VA 22602
USA
1 540-722-9228

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Shiraz

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Shiraz is made in several countries, but the best-known versions are from Australia. Known as Syrah in other countries, Shiraz is a rich red wine known for its blackberry and plum flavors and moderate tannins. Some examples also have a good amount of pepper, tobacco, licorice and black spice apparent on the palate as well.

There are hundreds of versions from Australia, ranging from less than $10 a bottle to more than $40 a bottle. The lighter versions are easy-drinking and should be consumed within one or two years, while the more expensive versions are best consumed from seven to ten years of age. Shiraz in grown in several regions of Australia, the most famous being Barossa and Victoria.

Given the popularity of Australian Shiraz, some producers in California have labeled their offerings of Syrah as Shiraz.

Pair these wines with grilled and barbecued foods, game birds and roasts.