THREE CARD MONTE SHIRAZ, CABERNET, MONTEPULCIANO 2016

Appearance: Crimson-edged purple

Nose: Exotic interplay of violets, iodine, thyme, and iron. Blueberries, raspberries, dark cherries, plums, and pink lady apples. Red liquorice, and brown sugar.

Palate: The textured palate is heavy weight and a heavy hitter with incredible length. This three-card is compelling and delicious. A sure bet

Food Pairing: Smoked BBQ Brisket – or pretty much anything big and hearty.

About the wine: Elusive and fiercely independent Black Sheep wines that will not be pinned down. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! They refuse to be part of the status quo; they are wine as art. Made off the grid in an unconventional style that is all about varietals in quirky combos.

In a Three Card Monte, as hard as the mark tries to choose a winning card from three, the dealer always wins. We have turned this on its head by using only winning cards, so that the real trick is not which but how well all three go together. A neat trick where everyone is a winner.

Winemaker's note:  Australia has always excelled in creating red blends – merging classic European varieties in un-thought of ways to create unthinkably good new combinations. Cabernet and Shiraz are one such classic collision; Bordeaux meets the Rhone. It’s only Australian to add a slab of Abruzzo too.

Country: McLaren Vale, Australia

Grape Variety: 44% Shiraz, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Montepulciano

ABV: 14.5%

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