Thursday, July 24, 2008

Argentine Shiraz? The 2005 Catena Shiraz

Argentinian Shiraz? If it were another maker I might have passed, but Catena is so good that I couldn't resist a taste at the Montreal Salon des Vins (and a few bottles made it home) ...

The nose of the 2005 Catena Shiraz leads with leathery notes, followed by fresh red fruit and dark berry undertones, then some spicy oak. Simple, but oh so nicely structured on the palate, with crisp cherry fruit framed by fine acidity, a modest alcohol level for a New World shiraz. Just a little over the top with the oak, perhaps, but not offensively so - a must buy.
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Score: 16.5/20
Price: ~C$20 (SDV)

5 comments:

noble pig said...

What an intersting bottle you have found. I would interested in trying this too! Thanks.

foody said...

I'm a new reader and a big fan! People might find this interesting: www.autofoodography.com. There is a great debate starting about the merits of olive oil v. wine. Really interesting stuff! Thanks and keep up the great posts!

Joe said...

Hi Cathy - Catena's wines never disappoint - tremendous values at every price point (Alamos, Catena, Catena Alta), and available in multiple varietals.

Hi BT - Love the EVOO, but I might just have that McD's burger with the right glass of wine ;) Great blog, cheers!

Vivian said...

Catena is an awesome winery...

Joe said...

Hi Vivian - the Catenas are great, the Alamos are great values and the Altas are special - would love to visit them someday.