92% Shiraz and 8% Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia.
SRP of $18 and purchased for $12 at Costco. Imported by Precept Wine.
From the bottle:
"Red Knot: a rich wine from the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. Known for its beautiful scenery, Mediterranean climate and award winning wines, McLaren Vale vineyards produces grapes that are rich in flavour and filled with distinctive characteristics.
Vibrant in colour and highly aromatic, this intensely varietal Shiraz displays ripe strawberry and blackberry fruit and is subtly framed with American and French oak.
The first thing that stands out about this wine is not the wine itself or even the label, but the unusual closure called a zork:
The Zork is popular with home winemakers and it's also the first resealable closure for sparkling wines. Opening is as simple as tearing off the spiral strip and then popping the plastic cork (which you can later use to reseal the bottle). In keeping with our stance against wine snobbery, the Zork is just fine with us.
The 2012 Red Knot Shiraz By Shingleback smells jammy with lots of black cherry and plum aromas but you'll also find secondary notes of licorice, vanilla and just a hint of dark chocolate. Tasting also reveals lots of jammy fruit in this medium-bodied wine as well as some really nice spice, good acidity and fine tannins that make this easy and fun to drink. It ends with even more jammy fruit along with some oaky notes. That hint of dark chocolate from the nose also returns to wrap things up nicely. This one will make a great match with barbecue!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.