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”. Winemaker Paul Dahlenburg uses “careful tendering and a simple touch” to craft the 19 Crimes wines, as he believes “big, bold reds” naturally occur in the Victoria region of southeastern Australia.
Just as with it’s other 19 Crimes siblings, 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 a few, my favourites being: #5. Impersonating an Egyptian, #7. Setting Fire to Underwood and #17. Watermen Carrying Too Many Passengers on the Thames, if Any Drowned.
Winemaking: Aged in 100% American Oak.
Tasting Notes: Inky violet in colour with powerful aromas of vanilla, oak, grape jam and hints of baking spice. Concentrated dark fruit flavours are enveloped with sweet vanilla and oak in the full, syrupy body. Baking spice, dark chocolate, vanilla and hints of dark fruit comprise the lengthy, plush finish.
Blend of Shiraz, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon [Varietal percentages not available.]
Imported and Bottled by TWE Imports