Friday, March 6, 2020

Australian Refinement

As health crisis fears grip the globe, it's easy to forget that many Australians are still picking up the pieces of their lives in the wake of the catastrophic fires that scorched untold acres and stunned the world.  Perhaps you're inclined to lend a helping hand through the Australian Red Cross?  Whether you are or not, another way to support those affected is by buying more of their products (which, by the way, haven't been impacted by import tariffs.)  The wine below, which is the most refined vintage I've had of this bottling, is a terrific illustration that syrah in Australia isn't limited to brutish, monolithic syrups.


2018 Two Hands Shiraz 'Angel's Share' $33
Surprisingly elegant. Though not lacking in density or muscle, there’s no flab or shouting happening in this poised wine. Purebred structure and refined fruit delivered with extraordinary balance.  Savory notes channel a cooler climate vibe, but the core is faithfully Oz. If you’re expecting an overheated/extracted raisin monster, you're going to be in for a pleasant surprise with this one. Quite delicious.

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