Selection International - Australian Grenach/Shiraz/Mourvedre
The blending of these three grapes is a classic, originating in the South of France whenre Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape concentrate on these varieties. The small, thick skinned berries are deep blue-black in color, high in extract, flavor aroma and tannin.
Grenache also thrives in hot climates and warm soils, producing deep purple, sugar-rich, burly ripe fruit, it offers a cornucopia of dense, lusty aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and licorice with an explosively mouth filing texture and deceptively heady alcohol.
Mourvedre also favors a warm climate. The tiny berries are deep blue-violet in color with extremely thick skins and high sugars, acidity, color and tannin, making Mourvedre an excellent contributor of structure and density in the blend. Mourvedre is an especially good foil for Grenache's lusher, low-acid and low-tannin fruit. The three grapes together make for a blend of length, power and fruitiness and above all, balanced intensity of flavor.
Food Pairings: Barbecued ribs, filet mignon, lamb chops, classic pan-fried pork chops and Roquefort cheese.
Sweetness Code: 0
Ageing: With its strong flavors and aromas of black fruits and bold tannis, this wine won't tend to reward early drinking, but rather will develop impressive finesse ad complexity after a year in the bottle.
The Seleciton International Series features grapes harvested from some of the finest winemaking regions outside of North America, providing winemakers the opportnity to make carietals and styles from around the world.