Starting to find a spot on my most liked wine list for Cabernet blends. I recently reviewed a Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese from Italy that was very enjoyable and now found a very tasty Shiraz/Cabernet blend from the Central Ranges of Australia, an Inkberry Mountain Estate 2010($13). A blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Shiraz Cabernet is 100% estate grown
and crafted from our high elevation Mountain Estate. This extreme elevation
exposes our grapes to an intense amount of sunlight and UV rays. This
generous sunlight gives our small grapes an amazingly dark,"inky"
I opened this one while watching some late night TV. I also diced up a few bites of extra sharp cheddar cheese and crackers to munch on with the wine. I enjoyed a few glasses before bed and finished, very nicely, the following evening with some BBQ pork ribs.
On the nose I got both red and black berries with plum and some spice. Also got a little mineral aroma, reminiscent of coal dust. Growing up in the coal region of Pennsylvania, that aroma is kinda easy to pick up, but I never got that in a wine before, even with PA wines. The berries and plum were still there on the palate with a little more spice and some chocolate. The finish was moderate, spicey with hints of pepper and espresso. Very enjoyable wine with a very nice price and very highly recommended.