The mercury is dropping, the budgie smugglers safely returned to their winter hiding place in the top draw and now we seek solace in the warmth of red wine. Nothing beats the feeling of glass against lip and a gentle torrent of crimson liquid flowing to every crevice of your mouth eventually finding its way to your stomach as it weaves its warming magic via your throat and chest.
I may be showing my colour bias but aroma-wise and texture-wise red wine leaves the other stuff for dead in the cooler months and is more stimulating and thought provoking. That actually sounds like a bit of wine wanking, I just like to drink the red stuff and where better to start than shiraz.
Shiraz is grown in just about every wine region in Australia, including Tasmania, and ranges from spicy, medium-bodied, savoury wines through to voluptuous, inky, full-bodied brutes and everywhere in between. Enough talk. As they say onMasterchef, “let’s taste”!