Happy Sunday, another day another million leaves gathered from the lawn (this makes me thankful that it gets dark so early!) but at least there's wine. Tonight I've opened another bottle that came from my boss' excess wine club selections, the 2013 Are You Game Shiraz! This interesting wine was blended with a bit of viognier for a bit of enhanced fruit, and comes from the Strathbogie Ranges region of Victoria, the southernmost state in mainland Australia. So let's see what this "real wine for real food" has to offer.
The wine is an inky indigo at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of green grass, earth and sweet blackberry. The taste is a sweet jammy rush of fruit up front, with flavors of blackberry and black currant that transition gradually to a brief moment of black pepper spice midpalate. The finish is smooth and very dry, but a bit to brief in my view.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a very fruit forward and food friendly wine that's also easy to sip on a Sunday afternoon. And it's definitely food friendly, as it would pair nicely with a variety of dishes, from steaks to lamb to roasts, but tonight I've taken a different route and am enjoying this wine with some barbecued chicken, made with a dry rub from Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City, along with some cajun roasted fingerling potatoes and steamed broccoli. Cheers!