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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Australia Bargain Wines


Those of you who have recently journeyed “down under” may think this title is an oxymoron---Australia at the moment is enormously expensive.   That being said, these wines (all imported to the USA) represent superb value for their quality/price ratio (listed in alphabetical order):

  • D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab:  The 70% Viognier and 30% Marsanne blend is a real winner.  California crab season is just opening and this Hermit would be perfect. ($18)

  • D’Arenberg Love Grass Shiraz:  Complex layers of dark fruit mixed with interesting savory notes and a good finish.  You’ll have a love-fest with this one.  ($25)

  • De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir: A nice little strawberry-cherry-raspberry infused vino from a well known winemaking family of Italian heritage. ($17)  

  •  Deviation Road Sauvignon Blanc:  This un-oaked gem boasts melon, citrus and floral nuances, along with a creamy texture and a super-duper finish.  ($20)

  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz/Viognier:  Not your usual blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example of its cool climate growing conditions nearer the sea. ($20)

  •  Vasse Felix Chardonnay:  From Western Australia's coast, this one boasts citrus and spice notes, as well as an impressive finish.  ($19)

  • Wirra Wirra Church Block (Cabernet, Shiraz and Merlot):  Toss something on the “Barbie” and pop the cork of this well structured wine.  Hallelujah! ($20)

  • Yalumba Rose:  This delicate fruit bomb from Sangiovese grapes delivers a mouthful of ripe strawberries and raspberries, along with hints of flowers and minerals.  A decent finish seals the deal.  ($10) 

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