Tasting a chambourcin; d’Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

Here two interests Рlesser known grape varieties and wine styles Рunexpectedly meet with a sparkling red blend of 63% chambourcin, 20% shiraz and 17% graciano.  Chambourcin is a hybrid grape variety (so not a vitis vinifera) that tolerates wet weather well and is winter hardy, characters that admittedly do not appear ostensibly useful in McLaren Vale.  Graciano is a minor component in red Rioja blends, but is well regarded for its contribution Рadding character, extract and acidity.  Shiraz is of course exactly that РAustralian for red wine.

I wasn’t sure how this would come together, but the result here is quite lively. ¬†There’s mint, eucalyptus and mint patties on the nose. ¬†The palate is towards off dry in impression (there’s 10g/l of residual sugar but balanced by acidity) with refreshing bubbles, supplemented by notes of plums and game together with a skinsy texture. ¬† (Alc: 12.8%, Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Good, Drink: now)

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