19 Crimes The Banished Review (2021) – Dark Red

What Kind of Wine Is 19 Crimes The Banished?

19 Crimes The Banished is an Australian off-dry red blend wine in the style of those produced in Northern Rhône, France. It is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and other grapes. Australia is renowned for taking international grape varieties and crafting them into unique, new styles. Australian red wines are jammy and rich with an intense fruity flavor and spicy peppery notes. As such, 19 Crimes The Banished, is an example of wines produced from international grape varieties grown successfully in Australia.

With such an unusual name, 19 Crimes The Banished is intriguing. This wine has its essence buried in a criminal past. 19 Crimes Banished label comes from the tale of John Boyle O’Reilly. He was deported to the penal colony in Australia, in the late nineteenth century, for belonging to the Irish Republican Brotherhood (The Fenians).

They were an anti-monarchy group whose goal was to unite Ireland against all odds. Despite the perils of starting a new life in Australia as a colonist, he later managed to escape his punishment and journey to the United States where he lived as a free man. There he resumed his role as an activist, and eventually became editor of Pilot newspaper. O’Reilly became one of the most prominent public speakers of his time.


19 Crimes The Banished Dark Red Review

  • Winery — 19 Crimes
  • Country/Region — South Eastern Australia
  • Type — Australia Rhône Blend Red
  • Aroma — Blackberries, Plum, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Leather, Vanilla, Cinnamon Spice
  • Grapes — Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Other Red Blenders
  • Taste — Black cherries, Raspberries, Black Pepper, Smoke, Licorice, Cream, Oil
  • Alcohol Content — 13.5%
  • Sugar — Off-Dry
  • Pairing — Pasta Dishes Such As Italian Bolognese And Lasagna, Steak And Roast Chicken

19 Crimes The Banished has an interesting backstory and an even more pleasing aromatic flavor intensity. This Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache off-dry red blend from Australia displays all the typical structural characteristics of its kind. Full and round on the palate, it has complex and layered flavors. So, wine enthusiasts should take a journey through Australia’s colonial past and explore its superb winemaking by enjoying a glass of 19 Crimes The Banished along the way.

Overall Rating: 4.5

Positives
  • High Aromatic Intensity
  • Maintains Australian Character
  • Structured
  • Affordable
Negatives
  • Not As Complex As It Could Have Been
  • Shiraz Gives Way To Other Red Blenders
  • Sweetness May Not Be For Everyone

Tasting Notes

Even though 19 Crimes The Banished wine is not a pure Shiraz, its integrity is retained. A small sniff and swirl will reveal the wine’s spiciness, along with notes of chocolate, vanilla, leather, and smoke. There is the taste of sour cherries at the start, and then the riper black cherries and raspberries reveal themselves. This is followed by an off-dry, but short, finish. 19 Crimes The Banished is not as complex as most Australian Shiraz blends, but that does not mean that it lacks vigorous tannins.

Appearance

19 Crimes The Banished has a deep ruby appearance with purple highlights from ripe black plums. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the sight of this wine in the glass before even taking the first sniff.

Aroma

From the moment it reaches the nose, 19 Crimes The Banished black fruit and earthy aromas explode taking your senses to a new level of delight. Specifically, aromas of juicy black cherries, blackberries, and raspberries dominate the nose. These are followed by notes of black pepper, smoke, cinnamon spice, animal sweat, and mushrooms. 19 Crimes The Banished has a complex nose that fully reveals its fruity character and oak fermented past.

Taste

The wine-in-review has a very specific taste profile. It is a refreshing off-dry medium-to-full-bodied Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend with an intensely syrupy and peppery character. Hits of leather, oak, and coffee come from the three-month barrel aging. These coexist in harmony, and every mouthful feels as soft as velvet on the mouth. 19 Crimes The Banished has high acidity, which is good considering that this is a sweet wine, and helps to accentuate the plum, blackberry, and dried apple flavors. An ever-present hint of eucalyptus and dill also exist, contributed by the Cabernet Sauvignon that has been used in the blend. Its tannins are robust and emphasize the wine’s boldness.

Finish

With a longish finish, 19 Crimes The Banished keeps its structural, aromatic, and flavor right to the end. The black pepper and cinnamon spice remain as well. After a short while, 19 Crimes The Banished’s acidic nature takes over, leaving you ready for another sip.

Rating

My review has reiterated that this is a classic example of Australian winemaking. It maintains the spiciness of the Shiraz, the country’s signature grape variety, and the vegetal aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend. It is a wine that never disappoints. Its nose is aromatic and full of the notes of ripe black fruits. Then, the palette maintains the smokiness and earthiness throughout the drinking experience. I can honestly say that 19 Crimes The Banished is a satisfying red blend with an enjoyable crime-related backstory.

19 Crimes The Banished Food Pairing

My review has emphasized the structure and spiciness of this wine. As an off-dry Australian red blend that has been aged in oak barrels, 19 Crimes The Banished is best matched with robust meaty dishes. For example Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagna, roast chicken with Mediterranean seasoning, or Pastrami on rye bread. Generally, beef is the best match for 19 Crimes The Banished and served with a grilled steak, it will reveal its rich, chocolatey, cherry flavors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes 19 Crimes The Banished?

19 Crimes The Banished has been produced by winemaker Michael Kane of the 19 Crimes Company since 2012. The company comes under the umbrella of Treasure Wine Estates, which includes brands like Beringer, Rosemount Estate, Sterling, and Stag’s Leap.

How Is 19 Crimes The Banished Made?

19 Crimes The Banished is an off-dry red blend that has aged for three months in American white oak barrels. The aging process is enough to give the wine subtle aromas of smoke, leather, and charred wood. This is the standard procedure for maturing red wine.

 After the grapes are picked, they are usually crushed to release their juices and placed inside tanks until the alcoholic fermentation begins. At this point, the temperature in the tank must increase to ensure the extraction of color, flavor, and tannins from the grapes. Afterwards, wines from different grape varieties can be blended together to add structure and body. The final complexity can be enhanced even more by blending wines matured in different oak barrels and then returning the new blend to the barrels for a longer maturation.

Where Is 19 Crimes The Banished Made?

This wine originated in Victoria, South Eastern Australia. This region offers some of the coolest vineyard locations in Australia. The wine regions around Melbourne and Port Philip Bay take advantage of the ocean breezes that provide the perfect conditions to grow high-quality grapes. Furthermore, some of the grapes are also sourced from the Acacia Vineyards in Yarra Valley, an area with a worldwide reputation for the quality of its vineyards.

How to Serve 19 Crimes The Banished?

19 Crimes The Banished is a characteristic example of Australia’s red blends and should be served at room temperature, approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15-18 degrees Celsius). This red wine will not benefit from chilling in any way. As a red dry wine, a larger-sized wine glass would help immensely to allow the air to come into contact with the wine surface and release its aromatic and flavor intensity. Decanting is a good option as the wine would benefit from additional aeration.

How Much Does 19 Crimes The Banished Cost?

This Australian red blend is very budget-friendly and therefore it is a quite approachable everyday wine. Furthermore, its intense dark chocolate and vanilla aromas make it a superb gift choice, especially in winter. It is a wine that will be wholeheartedly appreciated by wine lovers. 19 Crimes The Banished price ranges from $9 to $15 per 750ml bottle.

How Long Does 19 Crimes The Banished Last?

As a classic Australian red blend, 19 Crimes The Banished is perfect for long-term aging. It is one of those types of wines that can be safely stored away and uncorked after a few years. In the meantime, it will have developed a myriad more aromatic characteristics. As an off-dry red, it is ideal for aging. The bottle should be sealed with a cork and stored at a constant temperature (50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 to 15 degrees Celsius) and humidity. Direct sunlight or artificial light should also be kept away as they may spoil the wine. My recommendation would be to not store 19 Crimes The Banished for more than 4-5 years as the flavors will start to deteriorate.

How Many Calories Does 19 Crimes The Banished Have?

Surprisingly, when it comes to 19 Crimes The Banished calories, it is a suitable dietary option; that is as far as red wine is concerned. It has a total of 195 colonies per serving, or about 24 calories in 1 fluid ounce. The calorie breakdown is: 0g Fats, 0g Sodium, 3g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Protein. It is also worth mentioning that the 19 Crimes The Banished alcohol content is 13,5%, a standard amount for medium-to-full-bodied red wines from Australia.

Conclusion

19 Crimes The Banished has an interesting backstory and an even more pleasing aromatic flavor intensity. This Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache off-dry red blend from Australia displays all the typical structural characteristics of its kind. Full and round on the palate, it has complex and layered flavors. So, wine enthusiasts should take a journey through Australia’s colonial past and explore its superb winemaking by enjoying a glass of 19 Crimes The Banished along the way.

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