Blind Tasting: Old World vs New World Wines (Part 3 of 4)

Blind Wine TastingOld World vs New World – Blind Tasting (Part-3):  Time now to bring out wines 5 and 6, two more reds both are deeper in color than wines 3 and 4.  Not quite a solid purple, but definitely more body than that of the Pinot experienced earlier.  My mind has already gravitated towards the varietals of Syrah, Zinfandel, or possibly Malbec.


Wine-5:  Nose – very tannic, hints of clove and earth;  Flavor – acidic notes with lean flavors of anise and mineral.  Not much mouth weight here, which is surprising for its dark, almost ink-like color.

Wine-6:  Nose – deep rich purple color with heavy spice and oak;  Flavor – rich plum and medium spice, nicely balanced.

Comparison:  Both of these wines had more of a whole milk texture to them.  That being said, wine-6 was more pronounced than wine-5, so I quickly ascertained that wine-6 must be a “New World” red and wine-5 must be an “Old World” red…would I be right?  Yep, I sure was.  (even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then)  J

Unveiling of Wine Type:  Syrah


Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage 2009Wine-5 – Old World, from Crozes Hermitage France.  (Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage 2009 – $16.99)

  • Appellation – Crozes-Hermitage
  • Country – France
  • Region – Rhone
  • Type – Red Wine
  • Varietal – Rhone Syrah Blend





Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2010Wine-6 – New World, from Barossa Valley Australia.  (Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2010 – $19.99)

  • Appellation – Kabininge
  • Country – Australia
  • Region – Barossa
  • Type – Red Wine
  • Varietal – Syrah/Shiraz




Leaf and Grape Over-All Score: (thru Part 3)
Old World – 1
New World – 2


Four-Part series links located below:
Intro:  Blind Tasting (Introduction)
Part 1:  Blind Tasting (Wines 1 and 2)
Part 2:  Blind Tasting (Wines 3 and 4)
Part 3:  Blind Tasting (Wines 5 and 6)
Part 4:  Blind Tasting (Wines 7 and 8)