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Three budget-priced wines from the southern hemisphere:

  • Simonsig Estate Pinotage 2000
  • Bellingham Shiraz 2001
  • Jindalee Chardonnay 2000
 

Simonsig Estate Pinotage 2000 (South Africa)
$13.95
Pinotage is a signature wine for South Africa – a crossing of Cinsault (a Rhône variety) and Pinot Noir (Burgundy). Usually the Rhône characteristics predominate, as in this wine. Dense purple black colour; one the nose blackberry and iodine; on the palate, intense, smoky blackberry with a medicinal note and lively acidity. Full-bodied with a warm finish.
Food match: game cassoulet, blue cheese

Bellingham Shiraz 2001 (South Africa)
$12.95
South African Shiraz/Syrah will soon be a force to be reckoned with on the international market. Less costly than its equivalent Australian counterpart. Dense purple-black colour; smoky blackberry and coconut nose (American oak); full-bodied, firmly structured with juicy fruit and an interesting floral note. Soft tannins.
Food match: pepper steak, venison pie.

Jindalee Chardonnay 2000 (Australia)
$9.80
The grapes for this wine come from the Murray Darling vineyards, which are located in close proximity to Mildura. They don't come any better than this at under $10. Yellow straw colour; spicy pineapple nose; sweet pineapple flavour, full-bodied, soft, easy drinking.
Food match: roast chicken with sweet potatoes, baked ham.

 

 

 

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