Saturday, April 2, 2016

Brangayne of Orange 2013 Tristan

In Wagner's opera, Tristan and Isolde, Brangayne, the handmaiden, creates a love potion for her mistress, Princess Isolde, as an act of devotion. This blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot, may not be a love potion but it is a classic Australian cool-climate red blend made by consultant Simon Gilbert, who has been in the winemaking game for four decades and knows a thing or two about coaxing the best from cool-climate fruit from the Orange region. I liked this a lot. Elegant with the use of French oak astutely judged, it is long and soft with impressive structure, and extremely enjoyable. $35.

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