It’s a Tuesday, and you know my opinion of Tuesdays, so wine is required. I’ve been looking forward to my next Some Young Punks wine, in fact…I’m looking forward to all of their wines. There’s something about the combination of passion and madness that excites me when it comes to Some Young Punks, and Naked on Roller Skates is proof that it works.
Before I get into the review about the wine (I mean we’re only at 70 words in so lets at least try and please Google)…I’d like to talk about wine and conversation. For me, handing someone a glass of wine opens them up. I don’t mean this in a crafty way, I don’t often intend to get people to spill the beans, but through mulling over a tasty glass of red, you may learn something from your company that you were not aware of before.
Whether it’s relationships, politics, their hopes and dreams or just something trivial, a glass of wine is an invitation to converse, almost in an old fashioned sort of way. The use of the right hand holding a wine glass, momentarily distracts the mind from the dreaded mobile phone and suddenly brain cells appear along with interesting opinions. I miss conversation terribly at times, but I’m fortunate enough to have a family who is adverse to the Internet and I work with a really interesting bunch of people who tolerate/humour my weirdness. I hasten to add, I do not drink wine at work.
And so, we stumble upon another fantastic opportunity that wine presents. Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious wine in privacy if you so wish. But should you happen to be in company, you might find you learn something new, or at least see things in a different light than you’d ever seen before.
Naked on Roller Skates
Shiraz/Mataro 2015, 14.5%
I bought my delightful bottle from Twelve Green Bottles for £13.95, it’s worth every penny.
This wine is fruity, lacking in legs ironically (is that a bad thing?!) and low in tannins. I imagine that one could drink a good portion of this 14.5% bottle, and wake up feeling not too worse for wear, that sort of quality.
I offered my Dad a glass, and he suggested “It’s raspberries isn’t it, it’s red fruit rather than brambley fruit which is surprising for its colour.”
He’s not wrong – it’s a summer pudding of a red, bursting full of flavour but so bloody reassuringly deep at the same time. I’m not sure if that’s a wine thing, but it’s everything I could ever want from a red really. I may choose an Amerone for some complexity in my life, but I would reach for Naked on Roller Skates should I ever want an impressive, well-rounded and delicious red.
Ah – before I forget, Mataro is simply a workhorse grape often used to combine with other varieties for give that rich port-like taste.
According to Cellar Masters blog, here is a bit more info which I hope they don’t mind me using:
James Busby introduced Mataro to Australia in the 1830’s. Both New South Wales and South Australia produce GSM to a high standard. Though the greatest volume of big name GSM’s come from South Australia, particularly the Barossa Valley.
The future of Mataro Wine
Mataro is increasingly recognised for the value it brings to Australian winemaking. The popularity has brought with it a branding conundrum with some winemakers using the French name Mourvèdre for the varietal and shedding any negative historical association with the grape. The three-letter-acronym adroitly gets around any confusion or difficulties with pronunciation of grape varietal. Given this and the flavour profile, GSM continues to grow in popularity in Australian and international markets.