1.19.2010

2005 RockBare McLaren Vale South Australian Shiraz: Kind of bland, but nicely paired with andouille sausage.

jan. 19, 2010: other than the grilled andouille sausage, it was a night for leftovers: green beens, potatoes, broccoli. so we paired it with this $14.99 mclaren vale shiraz, which greg really didn't like immediately. he said it was horrible at first, way too acidic, and it definitely needed to be decanted. so we did. yet it went beautifully with the spicy andouille, bringing out the sweetness of the wine. decanting helped, we both thought, though greg said he wouldn't get this wine again. after about 45 minutes in the decanter, it was still somewhat acidic, but greg said he thought the nose and flavor opened up more. he could smell the tannins, and the flavor, he said, was a bit like sour cherries. victoria thought this shiraz had a tar nose, but after the first burst of plum flavor, it quickly took a turn toward the land of bland. bought at varsity liquors. 15 percent alcohol.

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