Unless you’re absolutely positive in your choice of either Red or White wine, browsing the wine section at the local market is akin to finding your way through the world’s most complicated maze. Slightly aged or fresh from the seasonal picking and just after fermentation? This is what you’re faced with — a challenge you must undertake — and hopefully at the end of the day, you’ve made the right choice.
Big and bold, relentless and unapologetic, if that’s the kind of wine you seek then Insurrection Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon should narrow down your choices considerably. This whine is the result of Australia’s unintended position as the world’s preeminent source for flavor-packed Ultra-Premium wines. Crafted by veteran winemaker Steve Roden, Insurrection blends two powerhouse grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, resulting in a truly intense taste as we found out first hand.
To create the inaugural vintage of Insurrection, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes were sourced from cool climate vineyards in two regions in South Eastern Australia: Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. Here, the grapes need thick skin to withstand extreme temperature swings. Warm days develop intense aroma and flavors, while cool nights maintain the robust character of the grapes in all their glory.
Insurrection fruits are left on the vines as long as possible to concentrate those flavors, night harvested to maintain freshness and rotary fermented to enhance power. French and American Oak aging for nine months contributes spice to the wine and structured tannins. “I am extremely proud of this wine because it highlights all the things Australian wines are best known for: big, rich flavor, tons of fruit and immediate drinkability” says Roden.
After the first taste you’re hit with layers of ripe red fruit, plum and chocolate. Shiraz offers berries and spice, while Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the punch. To put it simply, it’s a wave of strong flavor with a smooth finish.