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Smitten with Tzimmukin

February 14, 2011 by  
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I never get tired of discovering new wines. Anticipation of the journey an unopened bottle might take me on is always hopeful, and if I am lucky on a particular day, the destination is divine. Case in point: K1 Tzimmukin Adelaide Hills 2006 by Geoff Hardy. I knew this Shiraz/Cabernet would be assertive and layered with aromas and flavors, but I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. Tzimmukin is created using an ancient technique of air dried grapes which are slightly raisined, so I had a hunch the juice was going to be right up my alley.

The moment I put my nose into the glass the air was swimming with dark fruits, meat, coffee, anise and a touch of earth. I was also picking up a bit of white pepper and eucalyptus. I kept taking deep breaths as the minutes ticked by. This is a good sign for me. My nose was intrigued. The first sip was silk, and glided across my tongue leaving a lush trail of blackberries and coffee. The cool lingering finish was bitter dark chocolate and firm but supple tannins. Can you tell I fell for this wine right away? I was hopeless. I didn’t even pretend to play hard to get. One sip and I was done for.

Throughout dinner the Tzimmukin softened up beautifully and the wonderful rich mouth-feel had me savoring it as slowly as I could. The Guinness and port wine glazed ribs, stuffed artichokes and collard greens I had made were incredibly rich and full of flavor. The Tzimmukin cut through the fat, played on the spice and brought a much needed robust profile that complemented everything. As I am typing right now, the last several sips are sitting in a wine glass just to my left. I pause here and there to slowly breathe in and then sip this lovely wine, noticing the dark chocolate mellowing and the dried fruit coming forward. Oh how I love the evolution a single bottle can deliver in such a short time.

What more can I say? Somehow the Tzimmukin and I were on a fated collision path ending with the perfect meal and the perfect mood. Perhaps the fact that I was slow cooking ribs and artichokes inspired me to pick something that I knew would be bold and nuanced, or maybe it was the luck after all. Either way I am delighted to share, and hope you can find this wine somewhere near you. Nothing left to do but raise my glass to Geoff Hardy. Cheers!

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