It wasn’t what I was expecting. Not that I knew what to expect from a hybrid grape with a name like symphony. Apparently the grape was invented in California, being a cross between Muscat and Grenache Gris. The aromatics are a little subdued so I thought what would follow would hint at a cheaply made wine. I was surprised. Certainly sweeter than I expected but also much fuller in flavor than I thought. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. At 12% alcohol, why not have a little more? For those who don’t like wine with aggressive acid or if you’re serving to somebody who doesn’t drink a lot of wine this would be a solid intro. Nothing harsh or demanding, just an easy drinking, good mouthfeel and enough uniqueness of flavor without overcompensating with a dollop of lemon or honey. nicely balanced. I fine refreshing wine to have sitting on the deck on a lazy, sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Here’s what the winemaker says about it and (this is relatively rare) I agree with their comments.
Ironstone’s Obsession is a seductively aromatic wine with delightfully captivating aromas that are markedly floral. Extremely drinkable, this lusciously brilliant and fanciful wine is full of fruit flavors and finishes crisp and clean.
And finally – a quick thumbs up from Natalie MacLean,
So, so lovely! Floral with dry apricot. No wonder people get obsessed with this wine. And the price is incredible. Imagine drinking this lovely little number with a spicy dish. Heaven. Food matches: curry, spicy finger food.
Thanks to The Wines of Lodi for the image.