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2005 Leeuwin Estate "Siblings" Shiraz Margaret River
Review Date: 5-14-2013
Although Leeuwin Estate is best known for their exceptional Artist Series Chardonnay, many of their other wines are often overlooked. Such is the case with this sleeper. Our initial reaction was "this is a 2005"? The wine certainly exceeds expectation as it over delivers at $14. "Siblings" Shiraz offers up a smooth, rounded palate of delicious mulberry and black plum fruit, fully ripe underlying dusty tannins and a nice touch of earthiness. It really is a terrific steal and we'll certainly be taking advantage ourselves!
2008 Three Rings Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 4-14-2013
We love our California red wines but it's increasingly difficult to find impressive ones under fifteen dollars. Virtually overlooked these days, however, are the exceptional values available from Australia like this delicious Barossa Shiraz from 3 Rings. Packed with rich dark fruit, this silky smooth Shiraz really delivers at the price. Although there's a touch of alcohol, it's buffered nicely by the fruit making this especially great with grilled/bbq'd meats and perfect for Spring and Summer gatherings. Load up while you can as the price is normally $18!