September 6, 2007

Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Footprint Shiraz, 2004, Australia

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
pennyshill_footprint_shiraz.jpgTwo burgers. A little posh perhaps being Tesco’s finest (beef with sun-dried tomatoes), but nothing you could call gourmet. Each is sandwiched between two slices of plain white Warburton’s bread.

A couple of salad leaves, two slices of tomato in each, two torn basil leaves and a dollop of Hellmans mayo. Oh, and a slice of cheddar strategically placed in the burger to melt slightly as the top layer of bread is pressed down – forcing a squidge of mayo and a few tomato pips down the side of the sarnie.

I’m outside, enjoying the garden of my childhood home as I house-sit for the parents. This really is the most beautiful part of the Chilterns. The weather is warm, slightly muggy. A wood-pigeon is cooing in the wood and I’ve just knocked over a glass of the most gorgeous, perfect-accompaniment to a cheap, knocked together burger, you can imagine: Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Footprint Shiraz, 2004. A silky smooth mass of blackberries and blueberries, a little vanilla, a touch of mineral complexity and a ripe, gently tannic finish.
Retails for about £28. Perfect.

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