I’ve run across this Australian Shiraz several times at the stores. Each time the striking graphics on the label have pulled me toward it. Yet each time I’ve gone in another direction. Perhaps it has been my natural distrust of labels which are themselves so seductive. This time I was out for dinner with friends at a very pleasant restaurant called Redwood (although there aren’t any redwoods within 3,000 miles). I got there early, so I went to the bar to wait. Looking at the menu and chatting with the bartender (with no labels in sight), I decided to see just how charming this Snake Charmer is.
Wine: Snake Charmer
Appellation: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Notes: This Australian Shiraz from the McLaren Vale was a dark purple in the glass. On the nose I found scents of blackberry and barnyard. A medium-bodied selection, the legs were quite noticeable on the sides of the glass. The flavors for me were cherry, blackberry, an earthiness, and pepper. Tannins were moderate. Acidity was fine, and alcohol is at 14.5%. This wine was quite pleasant to sip at the bar while I waited, and the second glass proved a perfect accompaniment for the tasty g.o.a.t burger I chose for dinner (which had goat cheese, bacon, and a smoked tomato aioli). Well, I guess I was charmed!