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Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

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Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz: A Playful Aussie Shiraz

Unconventional, bold, and bursting with character, Philip Shaw's "The Idiot" Shiraz is anything but idiotic. This cool-climate Shiraz from Orange, New South Wales, flips the script on traditional Aussie Shiraz, offering a refreshing and complex drinking experience.

A Winemaker's Legacy

The brainchild of Philip Shaw, a legend in the Australian wine industry, The Idiot is part of his "Character" series. Shaw, a two-time International Winemaker of the Year, isn't afraid to push boundaries. The name "The Idiot" reflects this playful spirit, a nod to those who might consider a Shiraz from Orange unconventional.

Orange's Unique Terroir

Orange, located in New South Wales' Central Ranges, boasts a cooler climate compared to more traditional Shiraz regions like Barossa Valley. This translates to a Shiraz with a distinctive personality.

Tasting The Idiot Shiraz

Appearance: The Idiot pours a deep garnet with a vibrant purple hue.

Aroma: On the nose, a symphony of aromas awaits. Expect a burst of juicy red fruits like raspberries and blueberries, mingling with hints of black pepper and a touch of licorice. The cool-climate influence shines through with a refreshing lift of floral notes.

Palate: The first sip of The Idiot is a revelation. This medium-bodied Shiraz is both elegant and succulent. The initial burst of fruit gives way to a complex interplay of spice and savoury notes. Fine-grained tannins provide a delightful structure, lingering on the finish. The wine displays remarkable balance, a testament to Shaw's masterful winemaking.

Food Pairing Adventures

The Idiot Shiraz is a versatile food pairing companion. Here are some suggestions to elevate your next culinary adventure:

  • Grilled meats: The smoky character of grilled meats finds a perfect match in The Idiot's peppery notes and juicy fruit. Think grilled lamb chops, rosemary-infused steaks, or even barbecued burgers.
  • Hearty stews and casseroles: The rich flavours of slow-cooked stews and casseroles are beautifully complemented by The Idiot's robust character. Pair it with a hearty beef bourguignon, a rich lentil stew, or a vegetable chili.
  • Charcuterie and cheese:  The savoury side of The Idiot shines alongside cured meats and cheese. Opt for a selection of charcuterie like salami, prosciutto, or chorizo, along with hard cheeses like aged cheddar or manchego.
  • Vegetarian options: Don't relegate The Idiot to just meaty dishes. Its versatility extends to vegetarian fare as well. Try it with portobello mushroom steaks drizzled with balsamic glaze, lentil burgers, or roasted vegetables with herbs.

Beyond the Bottle: The Story of The Idiot

The charm of The Idiot goes beyond its taste. The playful name and the story behind it add another layer to the experience. Here are some interesting tidbits:

  • Sustainable practices: Philip Shaw is committed to sustainable viticulture. The grapes for The Idiot are sourced from sustainably managed vineyards.
  • Low-sulfite wine: This Shiraz is crafted with minimal sulfur additions, making it a good option for those who are sensitive to sulfites.
  • Vegan-friendly: The Idiot is suitable for vegans, as no animal products are used during the winemaking process.

In Conclusion: A Must-Try for Shiraz Enthusiasts

Philip Shaw's The Idiot Shiraz is a triumph of unconventional winemaking. It breaks away from the norm, offering a refreshing and complex Shiraz experience. With its vibrant fruit notes, intriguing spice, and balanced structure, The Idiot is a must-try for any Shiraz enthusiast looking to expand their palate. So, next time you're looking for a wine that's both playful and delicious, pick up a bottle of The Idiot and get ready to be surprised.

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