I picked up 19 Crimes Red since I liked that there was a somewhat unique, well thought out marketing strategy on an $8 bottle of wine, and I am a fan of red blends. 19 Crimes is a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine giant with an international portfolio of over 80 brands of wine, including Rosemount Estate, Penfolds, Beringer, and Stags Leap. The wine takes its inspiration from the list of 19 Crimes that were drawn up to assist the overcrowded British prison system and send felons to Australia beginning in 1788. With real mug shots being used on the labels, the wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built”.
Lush aromas of chocolate, raspberry and vanilla introduced similar flavours of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and chocolate along with a green herbaceous hint in the medium body. Spicy pink peppercorn and caramel elements comprised the velvety finish. An interesting combination of concentrated flavours with an easy drinking sensibility make this a fantastic value glass that will empty far faster then you think.
[Each cork is printed with one of the 19 Crimes, it’s a fun activity to see how many different crimes you can collect. So far I have acquired two: #5. Impersonating an Egyptian and #7. Setting Fire to Underwood.]
Winemakers blend of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon
Produced and Bottled by 19 Crimes
Enjoy now thru 2015
Rated 89 points by Wine Spectator