Sunday, November 8, 2009

Vintellect South Eastern Australia Red Blend, 2007

This is an innovative blend designed for easy and early drinking: 30% Shiraz, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Grenache and 20% Mataro (Mourvedre). The color is dark, but there is no indication from the color or smell that the wine has had very much, if any, new oak treatment. The aromas blend nicely--Shiraz black fruit and spice, Cabernet blackcurrants, Grenache strawberries and nice hints of purple flowers from the Mourvedre. It's sweet and smooth on the palate--red cherries and berries. It's bold enough to be taken serious (almost) but has no hard edges. And it should go well with almost any food you put on the table.

This is an Australian version of a Cotes du Rhone, but for about the same price it doesn't tempt me away from the real thing. While enjoyable, it has less substance and depth.

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