A blend of 63% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium-full in the mouth, with a feel that’s juicy and soft for the most part—there are some wooly, woody tannins here, too. Its has a plum and red cherry core, with a slight sour bite at the finish. Enjoyable; drink over the next three years. Imported by Aussie Imports.
Ultrasmooth, this is an easy-drinking rendition of Aussie Grenache that’s not swamped by new oak. There’s some vanilla, but it simply serves to support the red cherry and currant aromas and flavors. Hints of dill and mint keep it from being too confected, as does a mouthwatering tartness on the finish. Drink now.
Clean, correct and refreshing; this is not a big wine by any means, but, for an SB, it does have some baby fat. Almond notes in the midpalate are bolstered by a narrow band of citrus flavor. Peach and grass aromas start it all off.
Opens with thick honey, butter and mango-papaya aromas; the thickness doesn’t let up on the palate, either, where there’s bright peach flavors and a dense, heavy mouthfeel. It’s pleasing though a little simple—its heavy fruitiness reminded us a little of lollipop, or canned tropical fruit.
A compelling wine from a marketing perspective: The label says that the Associates won’t tell you what’s in it, but fully expect “the third degree by our refusal to comment,” hence the wine’s name. From a taste perspective, though, this is an odd wine: It has both meaty, green pepper flavors and ripe, juicy plum fruit, with stewy, grapy aromas on the nose.