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Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red 2000
General: A rich textured style showing all the hallmarks of small yield, dry grown fruit. Though perfectly suitable for aging, Scrubby Rise red is a wine that's meant to be accessible and readily enjoyable, with just a bit of tannin, and Wirra Wirra's familiar balance and elegance. A great all-round crowd pleaser.
Serve: Cries out for your best barbecued ribs, chicken and even Chinese-spiced grilled shrimp. Full flavoured cheeses and all manner of savory bites are at home with this wine
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.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.