After a long hiatus from writing for this blog since my move to the US in 2013, my return to Sydney in late 2015 has had me excited to get back into it. I also couldn't think of a better way to start than with a boutique Syrah/Shiraz, a wine variety that Australia can be proud to say it does as good as anywhere else in the world, in my humble opinion!
So when the team at Vino Sunset reached out to me recently and were kind enough to send me this 2013 Syrah from a small producer in Yarra Valley, the wine and the story of Vino Sunset inspired me to put down the glass and get back behind the keyboard... in between sips of course!
A few basics relating to the wine. Classic cherry red colour with a rather light to medium strength aroma of dark fruits. Like the aroma profile, the flavours are rather subtle. I actually had two friends try the wine with me and while we all enjoyed the wine, we struggled with taste descriptors. So to do this article justice I had to take one for the team and finish the whole bottle... just to ensure I truly knew what I was talking about. I mean, who wants a review based on a few short sips and god forbid a spat out one!
The very fact that the bottle was left empty is always a great sign and in pondering its contents I found myself writing down words like 'elegant', 'restrained' and 'classy'. At just three years of age, I am also pretty sure it's best days a quite some time away. To this effect, it reminds me of that kid in school who floats through the middle, almost completely unnoticed by all and then 10 years down the track you find out he, or she, is heading up some Silicon Valley-based tech firm, or as in a true story at my high school, became highly decorated SAS. You just kind of nod your head and think 'respect'.
The discovery of this wine and other small batch producers along with a dedication to introducing them to consumers is why I have an equal amount of respect for what Stuart Lowry and the team at Vino Sunset are doing. After all, the inspiration for starting Wine without BS came after an introduction to a boutique label making some exceptional Shiraz and I said to myself 'I want more people to know about this wine'.
As Vino Sunset put it "We are all about the small batch premium wines (hard to get) at around the $30 a bottle mark. Also, Vino Sunset is a small business and we are so passionate about what we do and wanting to make wine truly special for people - all about creating memories. It's also about supporting the Australian wine business and small growers!
So if you'd like to try this wine and/or enjoy a host of other great Australian boutique wines check out Vino Sunset
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