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Rustom Farm Pughouse Shiraz Grenache 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

This wine exhibits tremendous hues of deep vibrant reds and purples. Dark cherry, Blackberry and raspberry cola dominate the aromas, combining with the complexities of toasted vanillin oak and a finishing hint of anise. Rich ripe blackberry and plum carry through the flavor profile, with sweet raspberry and chocolate notes of mocha. This is a terrific wine with tremendous structure yet a graceful texture through to the finish. The vineyard that produces this wine grows in shallow red brown sandy loam soils.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 88% Shiraz and 12% Grenache, the deep garnet-purple colored 2008 Rustom Farm Pughouse Shiraz Grenache is scented of warm black plums, blueberry compote and dried cherries with hints of black pepper and dusty earth. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the spiced berry preserves flavors are framed by medium levels of rounded tannins and lively acid before finishing long. Drink it now to 2018+.
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Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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