Monday, June 8, 2015

2008 Fetish Playmates Wine Review

When I reacquainted myself with the various definitions of “fetish”, among them were: “a course of action to which one has an excessive and irrational commitment” and also, “a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.” The winery's name implies great confidence in their wines and I’m guessing the “particular object” they are hoping you develop an “irrational commitment” for is on your wine shops shelf with a sexy silhouette on the painted label. Yes, this label is painted on – quite unique – nothing one could peel off here – classy touch. 

The Playmates they are likely referring to here are 3 varietals, Shiraz (Syrah) (80%), Mataro (Mourvedre) (10%) and Grenache (10 %). It just so happens, they play very well together. This New World GSM red blend is from the Barossa Valley of Australia. 

On the nose, cherry and dark chocolate (like a dark chocolate covered cherry), a hint of cedar and licorice. On the palate, more of the same but with spice (black pepper) and moderate tannins. I love how this wine evolved. On the sip - sweet on the tip of your tongue, which led to a juicy slightly tart burst of dark fruit flavor, finishing with delightful spice on the palate. 

We enjoyed this with Baked Chicken and Wild Rice. It would also be great with steak or grilled pork chops slathered in BBQ sauce. I can’t say that this has become a fetish, not yet anyway, but it is worth repeating….we’ll see what happens…..To print or save recipe pairing suggestion, click the links below. 

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