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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. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

    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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