19 Crimes Red Wine 2014
Here is a nice bargain to kick off the New Year! 19 Crimes is an Australian red blend that comes in an interesting bottle, with a black and white picture of a British rogue on the label (right). The 19 crimes of the title refers to the number of violations committed in colonial Britain that would result in you being sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. They called it “punishment by transportation,” but it was a new beginning for the tough prisoners who made it to shore.
Like many Aussie wines, it is mostly Shiraz, and certainly on the lighter side. More tart than sweet fruit, with aromas of cranberry and plum. The taste reminded me a little of Ludens wild cherry cough drops, mixed with vanilla and cinnamon. Juicy, slightly tart, easy to drink and only $7 a bottle. This wine is a winner.
Obviously when it's 2015 and you're seeing a 2014 vintage on the label, you know a young wine awaits you. However, 19 Crimes is fairly balanced and super fruity, with lots of apple pie spice on the finish. It's an aromatic vino with low tannins and acidity and was fun accompaniment while watching "Bottle Shock."
- Producer: Bailey's of Glenowan Wines
- Region/Appellation: South Eastern Australia
- Grape Varieties: Shiraz
- Vintage: 2014
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $7
You may feel a little like a criminal with this "steal" of a wine.