2017 Wild & Wilder The Opportunist Shiraz, Langhorn Creek, Australia (750 ml)

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Wild & Wilder make unconventional blends from classic South Australian varietals. “TheOpportunist” is part of their Character Series, in this case an homage to the quintessential optimistic friend who always finds a way to come out of dreary situations in the best of light. In many ways, The Opportunist is the perfect character for a wine produced in Langhorne Creek. Located about an hour south of Adelaide by car, it is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, but remains a well-kept secret. Langhorne Creek is a bit cooler and more humid than some of Australia’s more famous regions, but produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and of course, Shiraz. The 2017 vintage saw mixed weather, which led to a later-than-usual harvest (almost six weeks later than recent vintages). The wait paid off as the team was able to harvest ripe grapes full of rich aromas with ripe tannins. The 2017 Opportunist is fermented with minimal intervention and matured in oak for 8 months, which adds more texture and complexity. The nose has aromas of red fruit, meat, and leather, while the palate finishes with notes of raspberry. Though The Opportunist does not have particularly high acidity, its alcohol and tannin structure provide excellent body to pair with a wide selection of red meats. We recommend letting this wine open up for about twenty minutes before enjoying.

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