Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro Blend * 75cl * 14.5% ABV * Western Australia
Approachable, striking and modern, this red blend oozes complexity - with the Shiraz's earthiness tempering the Grenache's muskiness, which in turn softens the Mataro's steeliness. Two may be company; but in this case, three is perfection. It's from a winery run by Larry Cherubino (a dynamo in the Western Australia wine scene) in the Frankland River region, which is considered to be one of the most distinctive viticulture areas in Australia. The flavour of wines grown here comes from an ironstone-based soil. These gravelly soils also line the river valleys, rolling hills and lowlands. The vineyards are situated with a northern orientation,optimising the long sunlight hours, which promotes ripening and maturation of the grapes. As you'd expect, this Australian wine goes brilliantly with grilled and barbecued meats.