It’s been one of those weekends where a nice bottle of red seems like a good way to finish off what feels like two very short days, before its back at it on Monday!
Tonight I thought we’d try something a little bit different, so I grabbed a bottle from the cellar ‘De Lisio Catalyst 2005 Vintage – Shiraz Grenache’ from McLaren Vale in South Australia.
The bottle was a surprising challenge to open as the cork appeared quite soft and with a partial bleed of wine through the first third of the cork, I was worried it hadn’t cellared as well as I’d hoped. The cork smelt good without any hints of muskiness or acidity so I figured the bottle was still ok.
When I went to smell the open bottle, I was surprised at the distinct lack of power to the nose for a McLaren Vale shiraz, however once it was opened and aired in the glass – my goodness it was like a completely different wine! After giving it an hour or so to breathe, the wine began to show all the true characteristics of the typical South Australian shiraz with just a hint of Grenache at 18% it’s a great pairing to balance out the flavours.
I’d probably call it a gentle shiraz…there’s still a beautiful mouthful of flavours, rich with ripe fruits and small hints of dark chocolate – it leaves a lingering warmth on the back on the tongue…and would be perfect for drinking in front of a warm fire before dinner.
However, if I were planning a dinner party, I’d be likely to pair it with an entrée of creamy veal tortellini, a well marbled steak with crispy roasted baby potatoes and lemon zested asparagus. For dessert I’d follow it up with a small but decadent Toblerone chocolate mousse and possibly some sharp cheddar, juicy raisins, homemade lavosh, thinly sliced pears and a glass of port or three.
James Halliday rates it at a solid 94 points and with a recommended drinking window through until 2020 it’s still got a few good years left for drinking. My only concern would be that the corks holds tight, but fingers crossed that’s not an issue!
Life is too short to drink bad wine, so grab a good bottle and enjoy. Cheers HRM