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Wine of the week: 2015 Hopes End red blend 


Retail $10-$13

Hopes End crafted this blend with grapes from various locations in south Australia, where diverse climate, altitudes and terrain enable vintners to grow a wide range of varietals. Hopes End vineyards enjoy bright, warm summers and have deep sandy loam over limestone soils. The wine is made from 41 percent shiraz, 36 percent grenache, 17 percent malbec and 6 percent petit verdot grapes. In the cellar, the grapes were crushed and destemmed prior to fermentation under temperature-controlled conditions to preserve their vibrant colors and flavors. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of red and dark berries, earthiness and subtle oak notes. On the palate, the fruit-forward wine offers rich flavors of currants and cherry with chocolate and vanilla notes and firm tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with grilled steak, pork chops, firm aged cheeses, spicy dishes and pizza. Buy it at: Lakeview Grocery, Robert's Fresh Market on S. Claiborne Avenue, Winn-Dixie on Airline Highway, most Rouses, Target in Metairie and Covington, Habano's & The Wine Cellar and Cost Plus World Market. Drink it at: The Velvet Cactus, Riccobono's Peppermill, Oak Oven, Taste of Tokyo and Messina's Late Night Bar & Grill.


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