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Tatachilla McLaren Vale Grenache/Shiraz 2001

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Often referred to as the backbone varieties of McLaren Vale, Grenache and Shiraz favour the Mediterranean climate and gentle maritime influences of the region. When dry-grown, Grenache produces small berries of intense colour and flavour enabling our winemakers to craft a wine that is flavoursome yet soft, with low acidity and smooth rounded tannin. Shiraz is blended for length and complexity. A well balanced wine ready to enjoy now, Keystone will accompany a wide variety of food styles.

    Serve: Room temperature or slightly chilled. Superb with poultry or game, red meats, pastas and curries.

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    Tatachilla

    Tatachilla

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    Tatachilla, McLaren Vale, Australia
    Tatachilla Winery has grown from a background as rich and diverse as any in the history of winemaking in Australia. While the Tatachilla of today was launched in 1995, the origins of the winery and the name go back as far as the early 1900's. Tatachilla's unique blend of grape growing regions, techniques, people, cultures and history helps create a range of red, white and sparkling wines that are as distinctive as they are enjoyable. Tatachilla is a wine ready to be enjoyed with good food and good company right now. However those who would cellar it for several more years will be rewarded for their patience.

    McLaren Vale

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    Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Rhône Blends

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    With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

    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, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

    Perfect Pairings

    Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

    Sommelier Secret

    Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red 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, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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