Shoofly Aussie Salute 2007
Other Red Blends from South Australia, Australia
This feisty combination of Grenache, Shiraz and Viognier oozes with well-ripened blackberry, plum and currant notes. Made with structure and grip, the vibrant, juicy length lingers with a 'have another glass' finish. Drink now or hide in the cellar for 3 years.
Food Pairings: Spinach salad with goat cheese and dried cherries. Penne pasta with feta, peppers and sausage. Soy-ginger flank steak with grilled eggplant
Wine Spectator - "On the lighter side, with refreshing plum, cherry and white pepper flavors in modest proportions, finishing with a silky feel. Grenache, Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2014. 5,000 cases imported. "
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by subtle baking spice and smoky minerality. Pliant and sweet, with straightforward dark fruit flavors, no obvious tannins and gentle mineral lift. Very easy to drink, with good finishing sweetness and length."
Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote. View all Shoofly Wines
About South AustraliaMcLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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