Well it’s that time to get the ‘Bat-phone’ out once again, “What phone? Where is Robin?”, well Robin isn’t coming, and neither is this months commission cheque, but for those of my fellow kin, the in between job mobile is mandatory field equipment. You see we don’t really have our own number, well most of us anyway, and very much the most of us that like the idea, and ability to disappear when required. If you have CV like mine that resembles a frequent flyers passport, you too would consider it good idea as well. Sales people are a transient bunch, staying long enough to be effective, but not too long to overstay our welcome, or problems. “Fish and friends”, only keep for three days I have been told, well in my line of work the three days equates roughly to 18 months, get in there, smile, make lasting relationships, and get out before the burn. Manipulation with a paycheck attached, only this time dinner is not coming out of your bank account, and closing the deal will actually make you respect yourself more in the morning.
You could all start to feel jaded, all of these people walking between you, hiding in plain sight, but you would notice our absence more, Pepsi would be more popular than Coke, Eskimos all of a sudden wouldn’t have any spare Ice, and well in the wine industries case “Just what the frack?!”, happened to Shiraz Cabernet Blends. Possibly Australia’s greatest contribution to the International Wine Industry, behind arguably our fortified wines from Rutherglen, no one is mad enough to do it elsewhere, not the French, the Yanks, and well the New Zealanders just haven’t got around to copying it yet, though it would actually require getting both varieties ripe. Only here does the regal Cabernet from Bordeaux, get paired with the queen of the Rhone Valley, this style was first pioneered by Yalumba very early on in the piece, is typically Australian in that no one knows about it, and fewer of us drink it, so hold onto my hand, we are off to meet the grand daddy of Australian Vino production.
Lake Breeze “Bernoota” Shiraz Cabernet 2010
So why such an indecent proposal of courting Shiraz with Cabernet Sauvignon, well Wine Tasting 101 is in session, putting these two together just makes sense, a bit like the wing tipped keel. Cabernet Sauvignon leaves the palate with a hollow doughnut in the middle, sticking to the front back, and sides. In Bordeaux this ‘hole’ is filled by one of the other four noble grapes, Merlot / Petit Verdot / Malbec / Cabernet Franc, at the dawn of our wine industry we were a tad light on these. Shiraz on the other hand but we had buckets of. Rhone’s Shiraz gives great middle palate weight and feel, one variety strong were the other is weak, a marriage made in heaven, or at least the genie in the bottle. I’m a big fan of Langhorne Creek wines, the region is a bit like McLaren Vale on steroids, velvet hammer Shiraz, with Coonawarra like cigar box Cabernets, and this wine is a great mix of both.
I’m looking at a four year old wine here in the glass, and the colour is bursting out, deep hues of purple that would make a Shiraz Viognier blush. The nose brings exquisite spices, cinnamon, aniseed, and the usual pepper, hiding behind this is the slight veg-ital tones of the Cabernet, highlighted by the a-fore mentioned cigar, and leather notes. The power on the palate has to be experienced, deep and viscous, delicate but thorough, she is not big for the sake of it like a Barossa Shiraz. This wine carries the weight with the intertwined structure of the Shiraz and Cabernet, a sumptuous dance by the two varieties. Find this vintage, and a decanter, pound for pound I would like to see you top this wine for the under $25 it costs, period.
So we lost her, hiding in plain sight, might just be found in the last place you look?
8 / 10 Sipps