19 Crimes ‘The Banished’ Dark Red 2016

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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.]
Australia
Imported and Bottled by TWE Imports
13.5% Alcohol
$8
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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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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.

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.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with robust aromas of sweet mixed berry jam, herbs and hints of oak. Coffee notes accent bold red fruit flavours, firm tannins harmonize with white pepper and mocha elements on the lengthy finish.

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

Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Rosé Margaret River 2014

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Estate: Skuttlebutt is a label of Stella Bella Wines. Founded by Stuart Pym and Janice McDonald, the pair had a vision of building a modern and creative wine company in order to craft “high quality interesting wines with unique character” along with exhibiting “the unique and expressive terroir of Margaret River”. The estate consists of 80 hectares of 6 vineyards spread over the southern part of the Margaret River region in southwestern Australia. ‘Skuttlebutt’ refers to the colloquial term for gossip or rumours and is their “everyday” range.

Philosophy: Overall they strive to “create beautiful wines that suite all occasions & that our customers love & enjoy, as much as we do!” The Skuttlebutt line was created with the intention of producing wines “that are enjoyable, affordable and complementary to a modern lifestyle”.

Winemaking: In order to respect, protect and express the terrior, the estate believes in minimal intervention from the vineyard to the winery. Organic fertilizers are used only when necessary and sustainable methods such as planting rye and clover to help prevent soil compaction and to balance nitrogen levels are used in effort to create a natural balance in the vines. Buckwheat crops are used to encourage beneficial insect species throughout the vineyard.

Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour with faint aromas of strawberry, minerals and hints of hay barn. Fruity, straightforward and super glugable with vibrant strawberry and raspberry flavours culminating in a dry finish. A bright acidity makes this a good companion with summer dishes.

50% Shiraz, 24% Merlot, 24% Sangiovese, 2% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
Margaret River
Australia
Produced & Bottled by Stella Bella Wines
13.5% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2016

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

Wild Oats Central Ranges Shiraz 2011

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Big and bold with velvety fruit wrapped around a spicy, earthy core.

Winery: Wild Oats wines are a label of Robert Oatley Vineyards, founded over 40 years ago by accomplished businessman and passionate sailor Robert [Bob] Oakley. Today the winery is still headed by Bob Oatley, along with his eldest son Sandy. Combining Bob’s lifelong passion for both winemaking and sailing, Wild Oats is named in honor of his successful series of yachts. Grapes for the Wild Oates brand are sourced from vineyards located in the Central Ranges district just over the Blue Mountains, northwest of Sydney.

Philosophy: “To craft wines that have varietal clarity, focus and which reflect their provenance – in a very modern fashion”. Wild Oats wines are intended to be “approachable – modern classics – crafted for immediate enjoyment and drinking”. Wines of character and integrity.”

Winemaking: The Oatley family is committed to protecting the environment; sustainable methods are practiced in both the vineyards and other winemaking production areas. Although not certified, the vineyards are farmed organically, and wines are made with as little intervention as possible.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of brambly wild berries and black pepper. Layers of wild berry jam and spicy black pepper wrap around an earthy core and finish with velvety black cherry along with traces of chocolate and smoky oak.

100% Shiraz
Central Ranges
Australia
Produced and Bottled by Robert Oatley Vineyards
13.5% Alcohol
$13
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