Gamey styles of red wine may not be a power partner for cheese and cracker platters, but at least in my dining room, they have their place alongside fare like venison, squab, rabbit and the like. And I can assure you that Albondigas Soup wasn’t on my radar when I recently cracked a bottle of the TarraWarra Estate 2012 Shiraz, but having sampled its wild earthy flavours, it will likely be my “go to” cellar selection when next I serve my (not so world famous) braised venison with rosemary roast vegetables.
Given its Yarra Valley birth right, the TarraWarra is unsurprisingly lean but has pungent plumb and liquorice aromas on the nose. Across the palate, however, the red stonefruit flavours subside as the star of dark cherries rises in the middle, momentarily before the vanillin toasty oak characters develop at the back end. The gaminess, however, is in the finish where an aniseed and anise undercurrent toast the reluctant plumbs and cherries to a cedary and spicy tannic conclusion.
At around $30 a bottle, it’s a fair value proposition and won’t let the side down when game meat dishes are the luminary of the menu.