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Wine Tasting - New Releases of Australian Shiraz

Thu Sep 27th, 2012 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge
$20 fee per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting - New Releases of Australian Shiraz Stowe Vermont

Wine Tasting - New Releases of Australian Shiraz
SEPTEMBER 27TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We will be tasting new releases of Australian Shiraz, for inclusion on our list. Anthony Wagner of G. Housen, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope were brought to the penal colony of New South Wales by Governor Phillip on the First Fleet (1788). An attempt at wine making from these first vines failed, but with perseverance, other settlers managed to successfully cultivate vines for winemaking, and Australian made wine was available for sale domestically by the 1820s. In 1822 Gregory Blaxland became the first person to export Australian wine, and was the first winemaker to win an overseas award. So, much of Australia's first century and a half was built on turning Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre (Mataro) into fortified wines and Muscadelle into Muscat. Winemakers used basket presses to maximise fruit structure and body - and they understood barrel maturation. Australia is blessed with plenty of sunshine enabling their grapes to ripen to perfection. Whatever the requirements of a particular red wine varietal, there are parts of Australia that can give it everything it needs. The aromas and flavours of Shiraz vary with wine style and region, but are usually blackberry, plums, and pepper in varying degrees dependent on growing conditions. In addition, even more regionally based, we can find liquorice, tar even, and bitter chocolate and mocha. Climate affects these with the warmer climates providing the plums and chocolate (Barossa) and the cooler climates giving more of the pepper (Victoria).
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:

Boxhead, McLaren Vale 2010
Misfit Wine Co., "Cycle Buff Beauty", 85% Shiraz, 15% Malbec, South Australia 2010
Redheads Studio Winery, "Wilson Gunn", Mclaren Vale 2005
Some Young Punks, "Passion has Red Lips", 55% Cabernet Sauvignon & 45% Shiraz, South Australia 2009
Shinas Estate, "The Guilty", Victoria 2008

A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per Person.

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