Greg Norman Estates 2012 Shiraz - $14.99
Dwight Casimere | 3/2/2016, 9:02 p.m.
Greg Norman is undisputably a golf legend, having won two British Open's (1986/1993) and his standing as the world's No. 1 golfer for 331 consecutive weeks in the 1980's and '90s. What many people don't know is that, in the wake of his fabulous golf career, he has become one of the world's leading entrepreneurs, with ventures that span the worlds of luxury and sporting clothing design and distribution, golf course and luxury real estate and restaurant development and the production of premium Australian Wagyu beef and other meat products. For the past 20 years, he has also been the driving force behind Greg Norman Estate’s wines, a collection of proprietary blends that reflect his global interests. Spanning the world's great wine regions, beginning in his native Australia, and encompassing premium varietals from California, Argentina and New Zealand. One of his latest offerings is his 2012 Shiraz from Limestone Creek, Australia, a whopping big mouthful of bright fruit flavor that says everything there is to know about Australian wine. The great thing about it is that it costs just under $15 and packs as much flavor and complexity as wines that cost a good deal more. There's plenty of deep red fruit in this wine, you can tell just from the bright crimson color. Then the aroma hits you in the face with the smell of crushed violets and a handful of dripping ripe red and black cherries, blackberries, boysenberries and currants. The flavors of dark fruit just fill your mouth, along with back notes of mocha and chocolate with a hint of cedar on the finish. This is a terrific wine with food. Yes, the legendary Australian 'barbie' (barbeque), but there's a lot to be said for a prime aged steak, a wood-fired pizza made with smoky Parma ham or Bufala cheese or a burger just off the grill with a giant Portabella mushroom and some smoked Gouda with a side of fresh cut sweet potato fries. His son, Greg Norman Jr., has been traveling the globe as Brand Ambassador for these delicious wines. If you run across him, he'll be happy to serve you a free sample of the wine and offer a tasty Wagyu burger from his father's estate, infused with spices and a bit of the wine!