Thursday, March 23, 2006

More excellent cheap wines from Australa

A Match Made in Australia -cabernet-and-shiraz | New York Times

Oxford Landing Eden Valley 2003 $7 **½
A bright, enjoyable crowd pleaser; smells like cabernet, tastes like shiraz. (Negociants USA, Napa, Calif.)

Stonehaven South Eastern Australia 2003 $9 **
Restrained and pleasing, with good fruit and backbone. (Banfi Vintners, Old Brookville, N.Y.)

Salomon Estate Norwood 2002 $12 **
Fresh, fruity and juicy, with a silky texture. (Testa Wines of the World, Port Washington, N.Y.)

Coriole Vineyards Redstone McLaren Vale 2001 $9 **
Dense fruit, with mint, herbal and oak flavors; put together well. (Robert Whale Selections, Washington, D.C.)

And one slightly better expensive wine:
Yalumba Signature Barossa 1999 $45 ***
Thick, tannic and complex, with lots of juicy fruit, good structure and lingering flavors. (Importer: Negociants USA, Napa, Calif.)


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