FLEGENHEIMER SPARKLING SHIRAZ OUT OF THE PARK – SUSTAINABLE
Benjamin Hammerschlag’s family arrived in the States from Germany in the late 1800’s. His great-great grandfather married a young girl by the name of Flegenheimer and joined her family’s business as New York Wine Merchants.
From Brooklyn to Yonkers, Hoboken to Newark, Flegenheimer Bros dealt exclusively in quality beverages. The business was established in 1876 and was still flourishing in 1919 when the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages was outlawed in the United States through Prohibition.
Three generations later, the youngest Hammerschlag has decided to resurrect this heritage with wines of excellence from Australia. Big rich black fruits pair tightly with the dense high tannic structure of this Shiraz. Black pepper, anise, and tobacco play evenly throughout the palate, ending with blackberry preserves and a lingering finish
This sparkling Shiraz displays a vibrant lush garnet color and a bouquet of rich berry fruits, dark cherries, and soft lingering hints of integrated oak. On the palate bright juicy red fruits and sweet plum are bal- anced with silky tannins and a velvety smooth finish.
Lurid violet. Spice-accented blue fruits and succulent herbs on the fragrant nose and in the mouth; a subtle floral nuance builds in the background. Juicy, focused and energetic in style, offering good depth of flavor but no excess weight. Closes spicy and long, displaying a lingering boysenberry note and no obvious tannins. Idiosyncratic (as is all sparkling Shiraz, let’s face it) and a great companion for a young cow’s milk blue cheese.