The red kangaroo is the world’s biggest marsupial, standing over 5 feet tall on average, with some recorded as another 20 inches taller and weighing up to 185 lbs. The other Australian big reds are the wines, so while we have no kangaroos, we have four full bodied blends and some of the best of four straight varietals, for eight wines in total. Come and hang out with the big reds and top it all off with a Steak Frites Dinner on March 5th at the Faculty Club.
Our blends include: Cabernet Merlot, which produces a smoother, rounder wine that is often referred to by experts as plummy-luscious and velvety. GSM is a blend which consists of Shiraz, Grenache,and Mouverdere that results in a delicious deep red wine. Shiraz Viognier is a more than just a simple blend of a red wine and a white wine grape variety, but is carefully produced by the method of co-fermentation. Here the red Shiraz grapes are mixed with the white Viognier grapes before the wine is made.
First we taste the four blends, then the four varietals. Here are the wines.
2003 Grant Burge 150th Grenache/Shiraz/ Mourvedre, Barossa Valley, SA
2004 Yalumba, Mourvedre/ Grenache/ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
2000 Cape Mentelle “Trinders” Cabernet/ Merlot, Margaret River, WA
2006 d’Arenberg “Laughing Magpie”, Shiraz/ Viognier, McLaren Vale, SA
2002 Yalumba “Tricentenary Vines” Grenache, Barossa Valley
2005 d’Arenberg “The 28 Road” Mourvedre, McLaren Vale, SA
2002 Kirralaa Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, SA
2001 Wynn’s Shiraz, Coonawarra, SA
When & Where
The Australian Wine Society of Toronto
The Australian Wine Society (AWS) of Toronto is a non-profit organization devoted to the enjoyment of Australian wines. Through exposure to wines from diverse wine regions of Australia, the AWS encourages a greater awareness of Aussie wine varietals and styles, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. The opportunity to try a wide range of wines makes it easier for members to decide what to purchase through wine agents and the LCBO.