What a Weekend!

IMG_7144If you ever have the chance to go on a Rosé yacht cruise on a gorgeous summer night, I would highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity! We arrived in the Big Apple[1], found our hotel, downloaded the Uber app[2] and headed down to Pier 40 to board the Hornblower Infinity Yacht. We were greeted by a long line of humans snaking through a concrete parking garage slew of happy people ready to get their Rosé on!

IMG_7226As we stepped onto the yacht we saw tables upon tables of chilled Rosé! I was a very happy camper. I thought I’d take notes on some and give you a synopsis of what I tasted, but it turns out that when you start drinking lots of Rosé it’s hard to keep things straight[3]. So my notes consisted of “buy this,” and “buy a case” and that’s about it. Once I get my shipment in, I’ll give you the low down, bottle by bottle.

For now, you’ll have to settle for my ramblings on a superb McClaren Vale Shiraz. Happy Sunday!

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               June 28, 2015
Wine:              2008 Descendant of Squid Ink Shiraz
IMG_7236Notes of leathery chocolate cherries greet me on the nose. This is absolute liquid velvet. Medium bodied; rich and full of flavor. A long spicy finish. The color is a powerful ruby with some nice legs. I let it breathe for approximately 10 minutes and I have a feeling this is going to keep going strong for the rest of the night. While the 2008 may not be easy to find, I’d recommend getting any vintage you can, trying a bottle now and holding another for a few years. That’s my plan at least![4]


Wine Dossier
I’d had this wine at a restaurant a few years ago and instantly went to buy as many as I could find. Unfortunately, I was only able to secure three bottles and this was the last of them. It was even better than it was two years ago, so I’m glad we let it sit.

The producer is McLaren Vale III Associates located in McLaren Vale, South Australia, an area which is a self-described melting pot of winemakers and beach goers. Sounds like heaven. This particular line of wines is made from grapes from the Squid Ink vineyard and made in the “older style” though they don’t explain what that means. It’s 100 percent Shiraz[5] and spent nine months in seasoned American oak.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Roughly two hours later that I’d planned. #traffic That meant no dinner beforehand. Thankfully there were some delicious snacks on board.IMG_7227
[2] We were “Nubers”. Get it? If you’ve never Ubered before and want to give it a try, download the app and enter code reginav96ue for a free ride up to $20. Yea boi!|
[3] And tough to take nice pictures too…
[4] According to their website, the 2013 has won several awards, so I’d say that would be a good place to start.
[5] a/k/a Syrah, remember?

2 thoughts on “What a Weekend!

  1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed one of my local drops the most!

    Sadly, 3 Associates are no longer, so the Descendant will be increasingly rare if not gone already. Savour what is left! Fear no though, there is a lot of fantastic shiraz in the Vale. 🙂

    Louise @ WillungaWino.com

    1. That is distressing news!! I hope I can still find some! What’s your favorite Vale Shiraz??

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