19 Crimes Red Blend 2014

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‘Extent of the British Empire in 1914’ from A History of Britain Volume III The Fate of Empire 1776-2000

Brand: 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”.

Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of raspberry, chocolate and cigar box spice. Concentrated flavours of black cherry, blueberry and chocolate were brightened with traces of red current. Black pepper, vanilla and sweet oak notes comprised the lengthy finish. Although displaying a somewhat dense character, there is an easy drinking sensibility that keeps it accessible.

[Each cork is printed with one of the 19 Crimes; it’s a fun activity to see how many different crimes you can collect. Over the past year or so I have acquired three: #5. Impersonating an Egyptian, #7. Setting Fire to Underwood and #17. Watermen Carrying Too Many Passengers on the Thames, if Any Drowned.]

Winemaker’s blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Australia
Produced and Bottled by Baileys of Glenrowan Wines
13.5% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now thru 2017

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