Throughout the month of November, SOHO will showcase the wines and flavors of Australia and New Zealand. The tour continues on flight night Wednesday, November 18. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, December 1.

heartland winery
Photo courtesy of Heartland Winery

First, SOHO will pour a 2007 Clarendon Hills ‘Brookman’ Merlot from Australia. The Wine Advocate says of the wine, “The wines made from Bordeaux varietals begin with the 2007 Merlot Brookman which spent 18 months in 85% new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it exhibits a superb nose of toast, pencil lead, spice box, black currant, and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine with a supple texture, excellent grip, and complex, savory flavors.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2012 Yangarra Kangrilla McLaren Vale Shiraz from Australia. The winamaker describes the wine, “The 2012 is a classic Yangarra Shiraz, with bright black fruits and black peppercorn spice. There are layers of complexity with chocolate and charcuterie, woven together with fine grainy tannins.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2012 Heartland Wines ‘Spice Trader’ from Australia. The winemaker says of the wine, “This a very dark glass of juicy and delicious red. A burst of intense primary fruit greets the palate with blueberries, blackberries and currants.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Scott Warren, and sous chef, Chris Lyons, have created a tapas plate to pair with each wine.

2007 Clarendon Hills ‘Brookman’ Merlot
Paired with: Grilled flat iron steak, creamy polenta and onion jam

2012 Yangarra Kangrilla McLaren Vale Shiraz
100% Shiraz
Paired with: Marinated shrimp kebabs, pineapple, peppers, and Serrano

2012 Heartland Wines  ‘Spice Trader’
58% Shiraz, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with: Angus sliders with smoked gouda, crispy fried onions & BBQ sauce

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas). See you soon!