Wednesday, June 08, 2005

2 Reds: Australia Merlot and Shiraz

WOLF BLASS EAGLEHAWK MERLOT 2003, South Eastern Australia, Australia, 13.5%, #520577 $11.95

The LCBO says: "Medium ruby red with violet colour; aromas and flavours of plum, red cherry, raspberry, liquorice and spice; dry, full bodied, well balanced acidity with rich, soft palate; easy drinking style. Perfect party sipper or try with grilled fare." No notes for the 2003 vintage were found on the website. The 2002 vintage was described as 'is a vibrant red colour with fantastic cherry/berry aromas. etc. " My notes: The 2003 is a deep burgundy colour, perhaps a bit murky, with a light oak and cherry/raspberry nose. Soft fullness with plums and liquorice flavours. Short warm finish... not as fruity as expected... but for the money a reasonable red for a wedding reception or a house red. Pair with red meats, grilled or roasted, if not too seasoned. A 'drink now' red. This is a General release.

WOLF BLASS EAGLEHAWK SHIRAZ 2004, South Eastern Australia, Australia, 13.5%, #589564 $11.95

The LCBO says: "Almost opaque, purple/ruby colour; fruit forward aromas of black cherry, vanilla, caramel and raspberry with a minty note; dry, moderately full on the palate with a silky texture, balanced fruit to oak and chocolate & mint flavours; balancing tannins. Grilled meat; roasted lamb; steak; bbq ribs." The Wolf Blass website doesn't have any record of this Eaglehawk product. My notes: Deep ruby colour, nose of cedar, mint and spice. Flavour of red/black cherries with a pleasing finish of black cherries, chocolate and slight tannin. More flexible with foods than the Eaglehawk merlot and as a sipper could lead to a low cost single dinner red for more convenient serving. A 'drink now' red. This is a General listing.

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