Australian’s all have ostriches … or is it Australian’s all eat sausages? It’s a big weekend in Australia with a General Election. Australia only really figures in my thoughts as a producer of wine and pesky sporting winners, but this weekend they have a big decision to make. They’re choosing a (new?) Prime Minister, and they have a real choice. I’m doing my bit in support and drinking Australian wines.
We had a Paddle Wheel Shiraz Viognier 2005, a Rhone blend which we choose to stand up to a bowl of chilli. Deep garnet in colour with a fruity and perfumed nose, it smelled softer than I’d expect from the Rhone. Dry with medium ripe tannin and a medium acidity and a body heading towards full it was a satisfying glugger. It tasted fruity, with dark forest fruits and a hint of stone fruit poking through where I’d expect pepper in a norther hemisphere example. The flavour held up well against the tomato and spice rich chilli.
This wine was good value from Laithwaites, and it was well made and balanced, if not the flavour I’d anticipated. It was far more Australian in character than the Rhone-copy I’d expected. Advance Australia Fair.