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2012 Velvet Sledgehammer Shiraz

2012 Velvet Sledgehammer Shiraz
Volume: 750 mL , Alcohol: 14.5%

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Type

Red

Blend

100% Shiraz

Nose

Cassis and violet, like a fancy macaron

Palate

Full bodied and well-balanced with dark fruit and chocolate, and a long finish rounded out by soft silky tannins
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More about this wine from Langhorne Creek, Australia
The 2012 Velvet Sledgehammer Shiraz is truly a special bottle. It shows what can be accomplished when an extremely talented winemaker gets his hands on some premium, Langhorne Creek fruit. The vino is a collab between Reid Bosward of Kaesler vineyards, and a super talented wine guru, David Knight. The bottle is an homage to an old water tank on Knight's land that is painted each year by the champion football team, and the grapes come from a tiny, elevated corner of the vineyard — a block of grapes both Bosward and Knight consider unique. The team harvests the magic berries a week later than the other vineyards and keep the juice separate, aging it in French oak barriques.

The juice has deep purple hues, dark and brooding like a troubled poet. An aromatic nose offering abundant cassis with hints of violets and french oak spiciness. The palate is full-bodied and well balanced showing dark fruit and chocolate mid-palate, rounded out by soft silky tannins that contribute to the opulence. The finish is long, with a delicate spice.



How to drink it

While...

Nothing says nostalgia like resurrecting the old Nintendo 64 from the dusty back of the closet. Making Mario Kart into a drinking game sounds like your best idea in weeks.

Listening to...

Acid Raindrops - People Under the Stairs

Eating...