(Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Shiraz)- Pyrenees, VIC
- Screwcap (Stelvin-Lux)
Established in 1963 by French liquor icon Remy Martin, Blue Pyrenees (formerly Chateau Remy) was originally set up with intentions of brandy production, before shifting its focus to sparkling wines (when brandy fell out of favour with Australian palates), and then finally onto table wine. Today, with French ownership long gone, Blue Pyrenees' flagship is the Estate Red.
Combining cabernet sauvignon (51%) with merlot (35%) and shiraz (14%), the 2006 Estate Red announces a radiant, minty perfume of cassis, plum and blueberry aromas lifted by notes of red licorice, polished cedar/vanilla oak and eucalyptus leaf. Smooth and juicy yet deliciously fine-grained throughout, its palate packs a vividly fruited presence of explosive flavour backed by a firm coverage of slightly coarse, yet well ripened tannins. It finishes long with excellent balance, focus and vitality; revealing rich, persistent flavours defined by suggestions of spearmint, raw cedar and a slight sour-edged meatiness.
ü+ Blue Pyrenees has worked hard to re-establish themselves amongst Victoria's top echelon, a point exemplified by this beautifully composed, deliciously ripened and well made red blend. Watch this space. Drink to 2021.