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Larrikin Barossa Shiraz 1999

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Following on from two successful vintages, the third release of Larrikin Shiraz is again showing classic, bold Barossa fruit. A large framed wine with the balance to approach whilst young. Opulent aromas of dark chocolate and ripe brambly fruit abound from the glass.

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Larrikin

Larrikin

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Larrikin, , Australia
Larrikin
Larrikin was created by Ted Schrauth and is made by Trevor Mast of Mount Langi Ghiran. The larrikin spirit was embodied by Harry "Breaker" Morant. He personalised the defiant, gallant spirit and rugged outback lifestyle that helped define early Australia. Breaker’s larrikin ways are best described by Queensland grazier Arthur Barton "He can write verse; Break in horses; Trap dingoes; Yard scrub cattle; Dance; Run; Fight; Drink.

Mendocino

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A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region covered in redwood forests is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

EPCLANBSZ_1999 Item# 44857

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