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Charlotte Dalton What a Ride Red South Australia 2021

Charlotte Dalton What a Ride Red South Australia 2021
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SKU: 109089H
Grapes: Shiraz, Carignan
Region: South Australia

“I firmly believe that happy people make happy wines with soul,” insists Charlotte Hardy, right after explaining that her family moved to the coast of Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula so they could make wines their own way while spending afternoons “mucking about” the beach. And now, you see, it’s impossible not to adore her and swoon for her wines—even before you’ve tasted them. She eschews the “natural wine” nomenclature while still practicing most of its tenets, and she drops lines like, “My wines are softer and less intentional since I have become a mother. They don’t have the sharp edges or the shaping. These things fascinate me, as I am still quite interested in the science behind the wines, but the numbers don’t give an indication of how the wine feels. Hard to explain. Wine has soul.” And so you swoon some more, then fiend for her wine, finally get your paws on it, and fall happily in love.

Charlotte’s “What a Ride” red is a nod to our last couple of years—enough said. For this vintage, she’s corralled what many perceive as the Aussie sell-out grape, Shiraz, into a surprisingly pert package, buoyed by the Carignan variety’s boisterous acidity and sour berry fruit. The vineyards from which she sourced get kissed by cooling breezes coming off Lake Alexandria in South Australia’s Langhorne Creek and up off the coast into the higher elevation Adelaide Hills. This makes the fruit expression still satisfyingly ripe and dark but with a certain sense of refreshment and vivacity, so you don’t have to relegate the wine to only-with-steak-or-chocolate occasions. Think of mucking around on the beach at sunset with the wind kicking up and the scent of a barbecue wafting in. Find your happy place and fetch this bottle, because we firmly believe that happy wines with soul deserve happy people to savor them.

Fruit notes: Damson plum, wild blueberry, mulberry
Non-fruit notes: pencil lead, sumac, caperberry
Wood notes: mulch, star anise
Sweetness: dry
Acidity: medium plus
Tannin: medium
Alcohol: medium
Body: medium plus
Possible Pairings: grilled summer squash with Za’atar vinaigrette; grilled fish with olives, tomatoes and capers; beach barbecues