Dr. Angove 2012 Red

50% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 20% Petit Verdot; 14.5% ABV; screw cap
South Australia
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store

IMG_1385[1]I bought this wine on the strength of the Angove 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, its recent vintage, and the interesting blend.  It strikes me as pretty typically Australian and a tasty, easy-pairing wine for the money.

I opened this at lunch to go with pizza, immediately pouring out half of it in a 375ml bottle and stoppering it with very little air.  I thought it needed about an hour in the glass to soften and even out a bit.  Then, it showed ripe fruit of red / purple / black cherries, red / purple plum, and boysenberry, balanced by zingy acid, some bitterness of plum skin, and supporting wood.

At dinner, we drank the other half.  It still needed an hour of air, but was ultimately more smooth and sweet than at lunch.


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