Nine Stones began as a collaboration between Leonard Paul “Len” Evans, often referred to as “the godfather of the Australian wine industry,” and his friend Denis Powers. Both men are of Celtic origin, and when the opportunity to create a wine brand based on this common ancestry presented itself, they named it “Nine Stones”. The Celts left many groups of standing stones, including Stonehenge. These standing stones or Druids Circles are believed to have been tribal meeting places. They are circular in aspect and amongst all the Celtic tribes, the wheel is the symbol of the Sky-God. This is the number of planets thus nine and its derivatives are “lucky” numbers. The initial three wines releases were of the Shiraz variety, chosen to display the characteristics of the region from which they emanate. Each was a powerful, fully-ripened example of the variety. Today, the brand is owned and produced by Calabria Family Wines, a dynamic family-owned company that was established in 1945 in the Riverina region. They are committed to producing outstanding premium wines and are proud to carry on Len Evans’ great tradition through the Nine Stones brand.
Tasting Notes: Nine Stones Barossa Shiraz is an intensely aromatic wine with a fragrance of blackberries, dark cherries, and chocolate, with cedar and a hint of clove. Multi-layered sweet fruit flavors with powerful yet supple tannins; full middle palate and a long satisfying finish.
Pairing: Enjoy with hearty stews, such as chorizo and bean. Also, slightly spicier dishes go well here, think Chicken Tikka Masala or Paneer Masala.
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