Yummy aromas of cola, plum pie and smoked meats start off this well-priced, stately Shiraz. And nothing that follows disappoints. The palate is full yet balanced, with spicy plum-styled fruit and enough acidity to preserve the juicy feel. The finish is smooth and just about perfect. This is neither overdone nor wimpy. In a word, it’s complete. Editors’ Choice. —M.S.
Smooth and cool in the nose, with a touch of menthol topping off fragrant blackberry. The palate is searingly fresh, courtesy of bright acids and even brighter ripe grapes. Some tasty cocoa and coffee derived from well-integrated oak adds character the finish. Full-bodied but not even bordering on flabby.
Australia isn’t really known for its Merlots, but this effort is quite delicious—and what a bargain. Black-cherry and blackberry fruit smacks you in the face; the fresh bright flavors, with licorice undertones, meld into a mouthfeel that’s soft and silky.
A smooth, easy-drinking Chardonnay, with mild, understated aromas of green apple and toast, but also sweet tropical fruit flavors and a ripe pineapple-citrus finish that picks up hints of oranges. Best Buy.
From the outset to the long finish, there’s a lot to like in this sweet jammy Shiraz. Berry, cherry, chocolate and a touch of cassis abound. The structure is soft, the mouthfeel is even and joyous. A killer barbecue red, anything not too complicated on the grill would be a good match.
Here's a value Shiraz that shows astonishing depth in the nose, with intriguing cedar, tobacco and vanilla notes wafting through. Sweet fruit leads the palate, with an interesting, leafy mix of tobacco and herbs after. Soft, with well-managed tannins, it's ready to go and a perfect everyday "go-to" bottle.
Filled with bouncy aromas of melon, pear and tropical fruit, this lightweight charmer even blends in notes of butter and anise on the finish. It’s a fun wine with the accent on fruit. Best Buy.