Friday, June 13, 2014

WCOW'14: Match 1

Match 1Friday, June 13th
Countries: Chile VS. Australia
Theme: Syrah/Shiraz

Australia - 3
Chile - 2

The Wines

ChileViña Errázuriz 2011 Max Reserva Syrah
Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 14%

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AustraliaLayer Cake Wines 2011 Shiraz
Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 14.5%

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The Results

Complexity:    Layer Cake Shiraz
Food Friendliness:    
Layer Cake Shiraz
Layer Cake Shiraz
Max Reserva Syrah
Expression of Terroir:    Neither
Max Reserva Syrah


Though the World Cup soccer game was a little one-sided in favour of Chile's impressive squad, the wine match was far more competitive with the Australia Shiraz squeaking out a victory thanks to it's edge in complexity and typicity - you certainly know you're drinking an Aussie (sourced) Shiraz. Neither wine, however, expressed a sense of specific terroir as reflected by their sub-90pt scores. Both Syrah/Shiraz are well-made for mass-produced wines but lack that unique, identifying qualify that one hopes to find. The Layer Cake entry received the food-friendly nod thanks to its vein of peppercorn spice on the palate that screams 'Steak!", but really, you can't go wrong with either wine.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

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