On the nose, the 2008 Shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit revealed on the first sip, gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
Spiced plum, prune, blackberry, eucalyptus and dark chocolate.
Shoofly is known for its collection of robust, full-flavor wines crafted from handpicked vineyard sites that showcase true varietal pedigree. Winemaker Ben Riggs, a native of McLaren Vale, has been crafting some of the region's top wines for a couple of decades. He's known far and wide for his enviable roster of grape growers. The Shiraz is a blend from three separate appellations: McLaren Vale's temperate maritime climate offers reds of rich, ripe fruit character and great acid balance. Langhorne Creek, a "cool dessert" situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, produces soft, fruit-driven wines while Clare Valley enjoys a cool and continental climate, perfect for producing spicy fruit.
Lamb and beef pair especially well with Shiraz, whose intense flavors, plump texture and considerable tannins are well balanced by richly marbled steaks, roasts and chops. For seasonings, take inspiration from the wine's pepper and spice notes, and play these up in a rub, marinade or sauce. The ripe fruit of the Shoofly will nicely complement sweet-and-savory accompaniments, such as roasted fruits (peaches, plums, apples) and mild chutneys. A pork roast with a crisp, crackling skin and lots of dried fruit in the stuffing, or lamb chops with tomato jam and fresh mint, would be superb. For a simple appetizer, try my Spicy Sausage in Carozza. The spice in the Shoofly will go well with the kick in grilled spicy Italian sausages.
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