Brothers in Arms
2012 Killibinbin 'Scaredy Cat & The Shadow' Cabernet / Shiraz 2 Pack
Red Blend •Metala Vineyards
Australia: Langhorne Creek
Horror Double Feature!
BOO! FreakTober is in full swing and you need to face your WORST FEAR… running out of wine on Halloween!!! Just in time, the Wine Spies come to the rescue with the Ultimate Horror Double Feature. Now you’ll have a wine to bring to your Halloween party that is worth of your homemade costume. Not just one but two bloody dark deep reds, dripping with fright, from our Aussie Brothers in Arms. Langhorne Creek is a peaceful and bountiful appellation for some of the best Shiraz and Cabernet in the world thanks to its sunny long days. Yet when the night sets, it’s where a Scaredy Cat roams in The Shadow of the Killibinbin vines…
These doppelgangers are mirror images of each other - They are both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blends made of the exact same wines. Except that where the Scaredy Cat is 70% Cab and 30% Shiraz, The Shadow is the exact opposite, with 70% Shiraz and 30% Cab. Amazingly, just as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were two demented personalities trapped in the same soul yet radically different in appearance, these wines could not smell or taste more different!
Granted, here in the appearance department these two are hard to distinguish, both share a deep, dark, eerie ruby cloak. As far as the noses are concerned, the Cat offers blackcurrants, while the Shadow is dominated by black cherries, both spicy and bold. Once sipped, the Shadow gets intense with bramble and savory herbs while the Cat is elegant with plum and spice notes. The lengths here unify them, with back and forth a vortex that seems infinitely long as one gets stuck in a tasting loop trying to assess which is more delicious. It’s a scary trap, we worn you. Once past that hurdle, they both are ready to accompany anything savory and sweet with pumpkin, meat, veggies, spices.
Trick or treat? Originally seen at $60 for the pair, here’s a CHILLING thought… how about $35.99 for BOTH after a 40% discount, shipping included on just 3 pairs? Scary good deal, huh? Well, that’s exactly how they taste too - frighteningly delicious! Skip the fake blood this year and grab at least a few extra pairs to pour around instead!
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
91-92 Points – James Halliday - “The Scaredy Cat 2012 borders on schizophrenia but it keeps it together. Syrupy fruit- and oak-sweetness meets dry, dusty, grassy notes. Plenty of flavour to sink your teeth into; it falls safely into ‘no shrinking violet’ territory. The Scream 2012 is scented of freshly crushed blackberries, blueberries and mulberries with hints of licorice, pepper and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the youthful blackberry and pepper-laced flavors with the support of medium level, grainy tannins and lively acid. It finishes long. These give the value monitor an insistent tap.”
Granted, here they are hard to distinguish, both share a deep, dark, eerie ruby cloak.
SC offers blackcurrants, while TS is dominated by black cherries, both spicy and bold.
TS is intense with bramble and savory herbs while SC is elegant with plum and spice.
The length here unifies them, with back and forth a vortex that seems infinitely long.
Ready to accompany anything savory and sweet with pumpkin, meat, veggies, spices.
What the Winery Says
- Jim Urlwin
- Scaredy Cat - 70% Cabernet, 30% Shiraz
- The Shadow - 70% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet
- Langhorne Creek, South Australia
- Metala Vineyards
- 14.5% (Scaredy Cat), 13.4% (The Shadow)
- Baumé at harvest
- 13.5 – 14.4
- 6.9 g/L (Scaredy Cat), 6.3 g/L (The Shadow)
- 3.51 (Scaredy Cat), 3.58 (The Shadow)
- Harvest dates
- 1-28 March, 2012
- 16 (Scaredy Cat) and 18 (The Shadow) months in seasoned French barriques