- Joined Jul 3, 2002
Our local wine shop recommended a 2002 Shiraz from South Eastern Australia (Marquis Philips) to go with a very rich mushroom, beef and barley soup we make. It was a terrific pairing. However, we were REALLY feeling the alcohol after only the first glass. Then we read the label and saw that it was 15.5%. That's got to be the highest alcohol content we've ever seen on a wine. Is it? Is it unusual? We've been told that California wines tend to be higher than French (and we actually prefer a lower one). What is this, an Australian version of macho?