Day 58. Wine 16. Today we look at a wine that I used to buy quite frequently, and now I remember why! The De Bortoli Petit Syrah from Australia is a real pleaser and good quality for the price. I talked about the differences between Syrah, Shiraz, and Petit Syrah before, here. Petit Syrah (also called Durif) is a cross of proper Syrah with Peloursin – a happy accident in the vineyard of a Frenchman named Durif in the 1860s. Most production of this grape today, however, is found in the US, Australia, and Israel. In the glass, this wine was a dark ruby colour. On the nose, plum and ripe black cherry with a high medicinal tone to it, kind of like cherry Hall’s cough drops. But in a good way! Also lovely spice and vanilla notes as well. On the palate, there is no mistaking the “big Aussie red” style of this wine, but it’s leaner than those jammy fruit bombs out there. Rich black currant, plum, toffee, and lots of pepper spice. Solid tannin and good acidity, and overall very balanced with the fruit profile. A medium+ finish. Overall, for me this wine is a winner. Great to sip, but it would pair beautifully with leaner red meats… I was thinking a bison burger on the grill, or maybe pork kebab. Year: 2011 Region: Australia Grapes: Petit Syrah Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $12.99 at BC Liquor Store (Shelbourne) Closure: Screwcap. My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★★★★ Great to reaffirm this wine’s quality some years later. I’ll be putting it back into regular rotation!
The Music Match
This wine is lean and clean, which reminded me of this gorgeous song by the beautiful Michael Hutchence and INXS. (Also a recognition of the death last month of Peaches Geldof, raised by Hutchence for four years before his death, followed by her mother Paula Yates’ death three years later. The Geldof/Hutchence clan: the Kennedys of our generation.)