Perseus Cabernet-Shiraz 2011

 

Perseus Cabernet-Shiraz 2011

Perseus Cabernet-Shiraz 2011
BC, $21.90

Nothing helps a wine rating better than low expectations. I have nothing agains the new-ish winery Perseus—I had visited the cool, quaint tasting room on the edge of Penticton and quite enjoyed myself. But when Canadian wineries use the name Shiraz (instead of Syrah) I get concerned that they are leaning towards the over-extracted Aussie take on the grape (as opposed to the French peppery and more restrained iteration) and as a rule I don’t love the non-traditional pairing of Shiraz with Cabernet Sauvignon. But the great thing about low expectations is that they’re easy to exceed and this wine—an admittedly fruit-forward, soft tannic number—is quite enjoyable. It’s big, it keeps the alcohol in check and it has a nice hit (13%) of Cabernet Franc which gives an enticing nose. A fair sight better than many $30 BC reds.

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