01 Jun 2016

The King is Dead, long live the King!

The King is Dead, long live the King!

A nobleman shoots an arrow that kills a king whilst deer hunting. Many generations later, the descendants of the nobleman create a delicious wine that pairs fantastically with deer.

On August 2nd, 1100, William II of England was hunting deer in the south of England. One of the hunting party was nobleman Walter Tyrrell who fired an arrow which glanced off a tree and killed William II. The king was affectionately called Rufus and the location of the hunting accident is memorialized by a stone named The Rufus Stone.

That certainly is an ominous piece of family history, although family historians are quick to point out that the facts are alleged, and documentation cannot prove without a doubt the guilt of Sir Walter. Centuries later the Tyrrell family had the good fortune to move to New South Wales in 1854 where Lovick Tyrrell becomes a priest in rural New South Wales. Not long after land was acquired and eventually a winery was built, making Tyrrell’s a pioneering winery in the Hunter Valley and Australia.

Tyrrell's is one of the icon names coming out of Australia. Famous for their Semillon, they also do a pretty smart job with their Shiraz. At a recent tasting we were able to try a vast array of whites and reds from this illustrious producer and the one that really stood out, in quality and pricing, was the 2013 Rufus Stone Shiraz, out of the Heathcote region of Victoria. The Heathcote region is known for its exceptional Shiraz, and this is one that will do the genre proud. Australia is slowly making a comeback and this is a wine to stock up on.

There is a reason that Shiraz is king of the hill Down Under. This one is a beauty with its fruit purity and impeccable balance. We are offering this exceptional Aussie Shiraz for $21.99 a bottle and $19.79 on six bottles or more. This was highly reviewed in its native Australia, winning a Gold Medal at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, and once you try it it is easy to see why. This is a gorgeous Shiraz that really over delivers.

Posted by Gregg 00:00:00

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