South Eastern Australia, 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA store
This young wine needs a bit of air, at least an hour, but then becomes soft and rich, with flavors in the darker red to medium purple berries, well integrated with acid of hibiscus tea and cranberry. While it’s airing, it’s a bit rough and (to me at least) disconcertingly “fruit punchy” or “cough syrupy”, but it thankfully outgrows that phase. The final flavors are of the sort you might imagine in black raspberry or plum candy. For my personal taste, it could be a little more earthy or funky, but it’s quite good wine for the price.
Another good value from AW Direct. It still amazes me that they can sell new imported wine that competes well in the Grocery Outlet.