According to the folks at 19 Crimes wines, “Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists.” The were 19 crimes of which, upon conviction of any, British rogues were sentenced to live in Australia. This “punishment by transportation” began in 1788 and many of the “outlaws” died at sea during their voyage to the New World.
Named for the Aussie outlaws who helped form a new country, 19 Crimes 2016 Red Wine is a red wine that, like those it was named for, is bold and defiant. It’s a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache from South Eastern Australia that’s aged in 100% American oak. Elsewhere in the country, it’s available at retail spots like Costco and Trader Joe’s for as little as $7 per bottle. Here in Utah, it runs $10.99, which is still a good bang-for-the-buck.
This is a fairly sweet tasting red wine, with 12.0 g/L of residual sugar. Each label features a photo of an actual convicted criminal and each cork is printed with one of the aforementioned 19 crimes. The new American oak lends a lot of vanilla and chocolate flavors, making this a good wine for milkshake lovers, with blackberry jam notes. Unlike crime itself, it’s a wine not to be taken too seriously. For those looking for a bit of fun with their wine, download the 19 Crimes app for iPhone and Android.
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