Monday, 17 March 2014

Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Saint Macaire 2013

A variety I have never seen before which is refreshing in many respects. I dare say most wine drinkers have never seen the variety either. A blind tasting of sorts with the label in full view.

Two hectares of the variety were planted in 1983 just outside the township of Beelbangera with the initial intention for the fruit to be used in fortified wines due to its dark colour. A late ripening variety, the first table wine was made from the fruit in 2003.

What's it like?

Dark fruits, plummy, there's a mellow side matched by some masculine grunt. A nicely balanced wine that fills the mouth with generous flavours. Some grip from plump, chewy tannins.

I'm thinking roast beef, beef pie... beef beef beef would go nicely.

I'd happily pop it into my shopping basket. And for $15, why not?

Who: Calabria Family Wines
What: Saint Macaire (13.5% alc)
Where: Riverina
When: 2013
How much: $15

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