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Red Blend, 2016. Leogate

Red Blend, 2016. Leogate

Item #: U0720R1IU
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Pokolbin, NSW Australia
Color: Deep Garnet
Nose: Violets, Blueberry
Palate: Cherry, Earth
Finish: Penetrating Blueberry
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat/14.8% Alcohol by Volume

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There are a few comparisons one could make between Australiaand the United States. The first is that they are almost the samesize at right, around 3 million square miles. Both wine industriesbegan to take shape in the early 1800s, but that's where thesimilarities end.

As large as Australia is, the lower third of the country is wheremost of the population and activity are located. The upper twothirdsis too hot and dry and has no favorable soils to grow crops.Australia produces about 130 million cases of wine or roughly40% of California's production.

While known for their benchmark grape, Shiraz, it is many oftheir Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux blends that have beenmaking headlines like our Leogate selection. Part of the reasonis their yields. They only get about 2.5 tons to the acre, which isless than the legally allowed amount in Bordeaux. This low yieldenables the grapes to gather more nutrients and thus becomericher and fuller,

Our blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. The flavorprofile is a cross between California and Bordeaux as it packs thepower of Napa, but the generosity of Margaux or Saint-Julien.Licorice and leather are in play here and balanced with darkcherry and blueberry that would be a formidable alliance withprime rib and Yorkshire pudding a filet in a red wine reductionsauce with a touch of tarragon.