Who makes it?
From the information I can find, Tomfoolery Wines is family owned with Ben Chipman at the winemaking helm. Their wines are Barossan, meaning the grapes are either from the Barossa Valley or from the cooler climes of the Eden Valley. In the current range offered by Tomfoolery, red wines such as this shiraz, are clearly the winery’s focus. However, they make way for a couple of whites too, hence, you’ll find an Eden Valley Riesling and a Barossa Valley Pinot Gris as well.
How they make it?
The Young Blood Shiraz’s hallmark is vibrancy and freshness. With this in mind, a portion of the grapes are whole bunch fermented for the softening effect. Additionally, this wine is fermented using native yeasts. After ferment, half of the Shiraz is matured for 6 months in old French oak.
What does it taste like?
This particular Tomfoolery Shiraz, is a typical Barossa Valley Shiraz. Bold and full bodied, but, with a brightness to the fruit thanks to a careful barrel regimen. It has plenty of blackberry and plum fruit with deeper undertones of earthy chocolate, pepper and liquorice. All in all, the total effect is generous in intensity fleshed out with shapely tannins.
What to drink with it?
While this would be excellent with a burger, with bacon, cheese, eggs and beetroot, yes, all the trimming, it would also be just as good with a juicy steak, or roast beef. Or, it would be a fine choice with kangaroo and herb bangers.
Quickie review « This is such a generous soul for the value, peppery and spicy and plush.»
Country of Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
Price: £20 | AU$25
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
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