- Thomson Family Woolpunda Red Block Shiraz 2000
- Hardy's Stamp of Australia Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
- Château des Charmes "Silver Label" Chardonnay 2000
Thomson Family Woolpunda Red Block Shiraz 2000 (South Australia)
The Murray River area produces a flood of inexpensive, fruit-driven wines
at bargain prices. This Shiraz is one of the better ones in terms of quality.
It's not complex, but the gushing jammy raspberry fruit flavoured with
oak (chips?) is attractively sweet and the full-bodied mouth feel make
it a great BBQ red.
Food match: ribs, spicy hamburgers
Hardy's Stamp of Australia Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 (Australia)
Another bargain Aussie red that has the "barbie" written all
over it. Light purple in colour with a bouquet of ripe berries; medium-bodied
with a sweet blackberry flavour tempered by a medicinal note from the
Shiraz, and all held together by its lively spine of acidity.
Food match: lamb chops, lamb shanks
Château des Charmes "Silver Label" Chardonnay 2000
This VQA Chardonnay has seen no oak but the touch of residual sugar makes
it a crowd-pleaser for Chardonnay lovers on a tight budget. Straw-coloured
with a sweetish peachy-melon nose; quite full on the palate, easy drinking
if a little short on the finish.
Food match: chicken salad, runny camembert