Palate: Black forest cake with dark cherries and a slight char. Elegant yet powerful.
Nose: Fruit cake, plum, eucalyptus, raspberry
Pairings: Lamb, poultry, game, roast vegetables, beans, tempeh
With the intention of bringing people together and having fun with wine creation… and consumption… LS Merchants are small family-owned producers out of Wilyabrup, a sub-region of Margaret River. Aptly named, ‘Margies’ is one of their standout drops – a Shiraz that embodies power and elegance all at the same time. What I love about this wine is it’s dark and brooding richness. Dark cherries and slight char are lifted by subtle red liquorice notes, it lingers on the palate enticing you back… the bottom of the bottle appears all too quickly. Grown in Northern Wilyabrup, this is a beautiful representation of the 2020 vintage and all in all rather delightful.
Shiraz's origins are in the vineyards of northern Rhône Valley where it is known as Syrah. In 1832 James Busby, a Scottish viticulturist, brought with him varieties of Syrah to Australia. Now commonly grown in France, Australia and Spain, Shiraz variety differs in taste region to region. Generally, though, the grapes produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium to high levels of tannins, as well as notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. A perfect wine for a barbeque, hearty stews, or strong cheeses.
Western Australia’s most famous wine region was established by Dr. Tom Cullity at Vasse Felix in 1967. Quickly followed by Moss Wood and Cullen. Today, Margaret River has over 150 producers on widely varying soils with the region’s best reds coming off the ironstone gravel. Within the region, areas such as the Wilyabrup Valley—a warm maritime climate—are the beating heart of Cabernet plantings. Though famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Shiraz shine here too.