Hey y’all! Remember that Nakedwines.com thing I signed up for a while back? Well, lately we tried this ‘Beaut!’ (as they say down unda!…right?)
The Butterfly Effect graced our table with first of all, this lovely and elegant wine bottle. And then, we toasted and drank and it was indeed a butterfly effect!
My taste buds were tickled with a little bit of fruity sweetness, and a touch of spice. This bottle was a keeper! We shared it with friends, who conveniently were celebrating their 19th Wedding Anniversary! Try Nakedwines.com for yourself! You won’t regret it 🙂
Glad you asked! First of all, mate, do you know where I’m heading with this lingo? Yes! Our sweet shiraz escape came from the wonderful vineyards of The Butterfly Effect in Australia.
If you’re familiar with Syrah, well then you are with Shiraz too. Because they’re one and the same. Australia has proven to be one of the best continents for growing this variety of grape which tends to be fruity and lush . Washington State, California, and the Rhone Valley of France also have good conditions for the syrah, or shiraz grape.
Blackberry, plum, pepper and clove are some of the most prevalent features in this wine. Some of these wines may be more rich in taste with intense fruity notes and heavy tannins. Others may tend on the lighter and brighter fruity side of the grape.
If you’re a collector, it might be nice to add an aged Shiraz to your cellar. According to some wine experts, an aged bottle is ranked up there with wines of Hermitage and Côte-Rotie in France (i.e. fancy shmancy). These wines have notes of tar, herb, and leather along with the typical berry, plum and pepper notes.
Vintners outside of Australia may call their Syrah-based wines “shiraz” so as to inform patrons that this syrah is typical of the Australian Shiraz.
These Aussie wines are a wonderful ‘everyday wine.’ You can pair a rich bottle with red meat or with lighter fair and appetizers if you have a brighter/lighter one.