MATT'S WINE NOT! PIRRAMIMMA SHIRAZ 2005 AUSTRALIAN RED WINE

Once again, it's that time of year dear reader, as people hurry about shops looking to buy last minute doodads and doohickeys for significant others, loved ones, and gifts-for-the-boss-so-they-might-give-you-a-raise-next-year, and of course, they're shopping for wine.

Here at Matt's Wine Not!, I want to assure you that my wine suggestions for the holidays may or may not work out to ensure you have a beautiful pairing with your meal, and which may or may not just knock your taste buds off to may or maybe not make your dining experience memorable!

If that's not a guarantee of excellence, I don't know what is.

The next item up for bids here on ye olde wine bloge, is Australia's Pirramimma Shiraz, which will, I can assure you, leave you with a lasting impression of a very uniquely tasting wine. And, on a nice note, this wine is made by one of Aussie's oldest wine making families, and have continued to be vintners for over 115 years. Bravo to them!

This wine comes with a nice natural cork, and pours a deeper blackberry red colour, and oozes juiciness as the wine slowly slides around the glass, showing this to be a wine of body and consistency.

Taking a whiff, a distinct chocolaty flavour kicks thy nose, which is certainly dark, a little kicky (@14% alcohol), but not overwhelmingly so.

A dry, full and robust wine upon taste, Pirramimma is quite chocolaty indeed, with a slight bitterness, without many other notes of fruit present (although I concede the bottle's noting of plum and blackberry present, after well, reading the back of the bottle and having a few more swigs). I also picked up some licorice/sweetiness, although again my buddy, the back of the bottle, notes vanilla. Licorice, vanilla, close enough...*whistles* The aftertaste wasn't mind blowing, but was fine as the wine lingered away.

So! To be honest, the chocolatiness was a bit much, as it did dull away the other background fruity tastes as per Mr. Back of the Bottle. However, it was still a very rich and luxurious wine, almost something you could pair up with your favourite Christmas dessert, and over time, the chocolate did become less noticeable as it was enjoyed after a few glasses.

Not my #1 Shiraz, but still worth trying just for the taste experience alone.

**3/4 out of 4

Purchased from a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$19.95 (US$18.70).

From LCBO.com:

PIRRAMIMMA SHIRAZ 2005, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #987784
Wine, Red Wine
14% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Australia
By: Malesco Wine Broker

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