WILD-ly practical wine recommendations & advice

W.I.L.D. for Shark Week!

Each year, the first week of August is SHARK WEEK on the Discovery Channel.  I have great respect and awe for Great White Sharks, specifically. And, during this week, the Discovery Channel does a great job of broadcasting really cool shark footage – breaching, feeding, awesome crazy stuff.

So, when I think of the Great White Shark of wine, I think of a wine that is…

  1. Blood red in color
  2. From a coastal location (Australia, South Africa, Northern California)
  3. Has a big bite – lots of spicy flavors, high alcohol, full body, lots of astringent tannins
  4. Made by Greg Norman (nicknamed “The Great White Shark” or just ” The Shark”)- he’s the Australian professional golfer turned wine producer

POINT OF GOSSIP>>>On June 28, 2008 Greg Norman married Chris Evert  (ladies tennis legend). Then on October 2,  2009 Evert and Norman announced they were separating.  Really?  16 months? Really?

Anyhooo….As it turns out, Greg Norman Estates makes a wine that fits my Great White Shark specs and as a matter of fact has been quite highly rated by wine critics – his Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz Cabernet 2007

This wine is 77% Shiraz and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is a dark crimson color (my blood red requirement). It has big dark fruit aromas and flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry mixing with the more complex and savory – pepper, currant, leather with vanillin and smoky oak with (a big bite)  strong tannins, full body, good alcohol and a long finish.  For a $16-20 wine, this is an excellent value and will continue to evolve over the next 5-7 years.

Enjoy and GO WILD

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