Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2010

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.

Winemaker:  Vinaceous
Wine:  Snake Charmer
Varietal:  Shiraz
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:   McLaren Vale, South Australia
Price:  $14.99

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!

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.


2 thoughts on “Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2010

  1. I enjoy your writings and I feel that you should not have to proclaim that you are a sommelier or a wine connoisseur. You enjoy your wines and wish to relate about the wine and that is what you do very well. I do not consider myself in either classification, that is why I call my self a raconteur, as wine is the vehicle that transports me from one memory to another. Please continue your good work.

    • Kind words. Thank you very much! I appreciate that you are reading my posts! lol And more so that you enjoy them. I do, indeed, enjoy wine. As it is clear that you do as well from your outstanding blog. I put that disclaimer at the bottom of my posts to make sure that folks who run into one of my posts for the first time understand what they’re getting. You raise a good point, though. A very good point.

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