Tonight I had to choose a wine for some fried Turkey burgers and an Arugula salad. I am not fond of Arugula, so I wanted something full bodied and found two Shiraz in the wine fridge. One a Piping Shrike Shiraz 2006 from Australia and a Concannon Shiraz 2007 from California. I decided to open up both and have my own little battle of the Shiraz.
My first pour was the Concannon and right off the bat I had the feeling that Australia was going to win. Color was dark garnet and bright. Aromas of leather and leather and leather and not much else filled the glass. In the mouth, some dark cherry and a little vanilla led to a long peppery finish. The turkey was not a very good pairing, but this wine may do well with a hearty beef stew or maybe a pork roast. You can probably find under $10 and that is a good value for Concannon Shiraz.
Loved the very dark purple color, for what that matters, on the Piping Shrike Shiraz. The aromas were even better. Lots of blackberry, blueberry and little pine tree or more like yews greeted the nose. In the mouth there was some dark cherry with some spice and pepper on the sides. The finish was smooth and long. I enjoyed this much more with the turkey burgers, but still not a good choice for dinner. Would have liked a lot more with a Black Angus beef burger. Price was a little higher at $14, but still a much better value.
I'd like to root for the USA, but in this battle, a hands down win for the Aussies.
I'd like to do this again, but need your suggestions. Got two wines you think should meet on the battlefield, let me know and I'll be glad to wage the fight.