Shiraz, or Syrah, is a very popular grape variety with lots of fans all over the world. And what is not to like about it? The wines are friendly, juicy, fruity and spicy, and the best cases are highly complex, richly textured and profound. It is a grape variety worth exploring.
Its recent reputation came also from the New World of wine, mostly from Australia and specifically from the Barossa Valley. We are all expecting young, very ripe and fresh wines from New World Shiraz, but we were recently amazed by a few mature ones made of, exactly, New World Australian Shiraz.
This is how the idea popped up to explore a step further and to compare with other different terroirs across the world and discover each individual variation. And this is what this wine tasting is all about:
Nine shades of Shiraz / Syrah!
2010 Aurelia Visinescu Anima Syrah, Dealu Mare, Romania
2012 Nachbil Syrah, Dealurile Sătmarului, Romania
1998 Rolf Binder Veritas Winery Heysen Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia (93 pct.)
1994 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia (92 pct.)
1995 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia (95 pct.)
2012 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drezery Tete de Belier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (93-95 pct.)
2006 La Peira Terrasses du Larzac 'Las Flors de la Peira', Languedoc-Roussillon, France (94 pct.)
2012 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph 'Cuvee Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph', Rhone, France (91 pct.)
2011 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, Rhone, France (92 pct.)
We will meet at Restaurant Dada at 19:30, Wednesday, January 27th.
The cost is 275 lei pp (wine, tapas and water).
The second course can be ordered a la carte from the restaurant menu, if you want.
Confirmation is required, as well as advance payment.
Just e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me on +40 722 141 879