Wine Recommendation: Nine Stones 2007 Shiraz Hilltops
It is delicious and only $14.50 a bottle at our local wine shop, VinoDivino. We discovered is over the weekend when we went into VinoDivino for the first time. The little wine shop opened up a few years ago just down the street from us. We were thrilled, however, it has taken us this long to check it out. An boy have we been missing out.
I liked the Nine Stones label and they happened to have some out for tasting. While you can only tell so much from a little sip out of a plastic cup, we thought it was worth getting a bottle to try at home…it was only $14.50. We were pleasantly surprised when we had it with our swiss chard and pasta dinner a couple nights later when we could really appreciate the wine.
It is a very easy wine to drink and in contrast to House Wine Red, which is another great inexpensive wine, it is a bit more complex. House Wine requires no thought, it is smooth, simple and pleasing. Nine Stones Shiraz is more interesting. It has a bit more going on as far as flavors go yet does not overwhelm and I love it. We ended up going back and getting a case of it!
If you live near Newton, stop buy VinoDivino to pick up a bottle and get to know the shop, it is a really nice operation, thoughtful customer service and offerings. We will be there often. If you are farther, you can see if they will ship to your state, they do offer online ordering.
Here is some more info, and an example of the great services the shop offers. VinoDivino also gives you a card (printed in the shop or via email) with tasting notes on the wine. Here are the notes on Nine Stones 2007 Shiraz Hilltops:
Producer: Nine Stones
Country: Australia (yes, we are trying to be better localvores, but wine will have to be one vice)
Region: New South Wales
Maturity: through 2017 (love that they tell you this!)
Wine Spectator Rating: 90
VinoDivino Rating: 90
Tasting notes: Ripe and generous, with a minerally edge to the blackberry and cardamom flavors, remaining open and inviting through the long, deftly balanced finish. Drink now though 2017. Wine Spectator Smart Buy, Harvey Steiman, May 20, 2009
Food pairings: Steap tips with mushrooms and onion, grilled lamb, hearty stews
For reference here are the links in this post: