Coonawarra, South Australia; 13.5% ABV
$8 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 28 Apr. Also at Richmond that day.
Much like the Angove 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, I think I got suckered in by the nice label. In this case, however, the wine is pretty good even for the higher price.
The back label states, “Regionally distinctive blackcurrant, spearmint, and eucalyptus on the nose and a full rich palate with brooding blackberry fruit and supple mouth filling structure.” This is not a bad description. I found it needed 2+ hours in a decanter to show dark cherry, blackberry, plum, ham / bacon, eucalyptus / mint, and allspice / black earth, with balancing acid mostly of black raspberry. The “eucalyptus” is no exaggeration. Funky eucalyptus really is one of the initially strongest components, and actually declines as the wine fully airs. I found it a little hard to believe the alcohol level is <14% based on how heavy and alcoholic it tasted, but it’s probably right based on the effects. 🙂 If you like a heavy, rich, traditional Australian style, this wine is a pretty good deal. It probably has a few more years of life left in it, especially in cool storage.