LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: July 18

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Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz (Australia)

Sale $13.75, Regular $15.25
Discount (until July 22): $1.50
LCBO #189415 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: The blues! Blueberry, black berry, cassis … with sweet spice and generous plum and fig.
Pairs with: Southern BBQ, burgers, steaks, grilled veg, osso buco, Indian flavours, roti, mushroom risotto.
Good for: Sending the kids off to camp with a hearty “cheers!”
Alcohol: 14.4%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
Here’s a nice, fresh tasting Aussie Shiraz that has that requisite generosity of fruit that we’ve all come to know and love. Well, most of us. Truth is, Aussie Shiraz — the more commercial brands, anyway — became a bit of a caricature of themselves through the early 2000s. They became over-done: flabby, soft, over-ripe. But the winds are changing again, and astute winemakers are pulling back from the “big and bold and rich” camp and instilling some elegance into their wines. Even at this price point. Wyndham has always been a favourite estate of ours and they continue to make solid, very pretty, Shiraz.

Tasting note
Lots of ripe black and blue fruit aromas: blackberry, blueberry, plum and black cherry. There’s some delicate spice on the nose too, and soft leather. Really very pretty. The palate is generous, very fruity and delicious. More black fruit and spice. It’s dry, but there’s some residual sugar that lends texture and flavour. This is a nice big wine for people who love big wines, but in fact it exhibits a level of complexity and elegance that is rare at this price. Well done!

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