Being in the mood to celebrate, we looked in our wine stash and found something to celebrate with: a Shiraz from Greg Norman Estates. It turned out to be a deft choice. It took a while for it to open up but once it did, it provided rich flavors that were earthy yet smooth. We liked it. We have had other Greg Norman wines, including the sparkling, and there is not a glass we have tasted that we have not liked. They’re top flight.
Greg Norman is himself a top flight former pro golfer, one of the world’s best in his time, whose nickname was “The Shark.” Thus, the red shark logo on the label of the bottle. The grapes for the Shiraz are grown on the Limestone Coast of Norman’s native Australia and based on what we’ve tasted this is no celebrity brand; this is wine with a point of view and character. Good for a celebration—or not. We did not quite make it all the way through the bottle the first night and so the next night, with nothing more than to celebrate than being alive, I finished it off. I may have enjoyed its unfolding pleasures even more the second night.
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