2008 Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Shiraz

2008 Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Shiraz

I’d had this bottle for a while and when I planned a casual grilled steak dinner for Memorial Day weekend, I opted to open it for my guests.

In the glass, the wine is bright ruby with some violet hues. Very pretty.  On the nose, there are aromas of stone fruit with a little coffee and chocolate and some spiced notes.  On the palate, this rich Australian Shiraz is big with dark cherry flavor and plummy chewiness laced with clove and nutmeg.

Pairings:  Grilled steaks, meat lasagna.

Style: Red

Grape Type(s): Syrah

Region: South Eastern Australia

Around $10


ZED Moscato Rosé – Blushing Surprise

ZED Moscato Rosé – Blushing Surprise

If you read this blog, you’ll have figured out that I love rosé and sparkling wines.  I just find them perfect as an aperitif or with many foods and one can typically find a favorite at an affordable price.

The winemakers at Australia’s Jacob’s Creek have developed an easy-drinking, affordable sparkling rosé that is certain to please most palate.

In the glass, ZED Moscato Rosé is pale pink and simply festive in appearance.  On the nose, it offers maraschino cherry / strawberry aromas.  In the mouth, the wine is a little sweet with nice acidity and note of raspberry and Asian pear.

As I was enjoying a glass of ZED, I began thinking how nice it would be used in a cocktail.  Out comes the shaker with a shot of good quality Vodka, a slash of Triple Sec and a squeeze of lime – delicious!

Just a pretty wine that’s tasty on its own and delicious in a cocktail.

Style: Rosé

Grape Type(s): Moscato

Region: Australia

Around $15

This wine was provided to me for sampling and I am adding to my repertoire as it is truly enjoyable.


2007 d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling

2007 d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling

'07 d'Arenburg Riesling

'07 d'Arenburg Riesling

This outstanding Australian Riesling is the palest yellow with some greenish nuances.  This vintage was plagued with extreme drought producing very small yields.

The nose is of a bright, youngish Riesling.  There’s tons of rosy floral aromas in the glass with hints of lime and apple that are both in-your-face and elegant (odd, no?).

The finish is super long and dry, which is great since you’ll want to remember this wine long after you sip it.  This wine could use some cellaring to enhance  its color, richness and complexity.

Wine Spectator: 89 points

Around: $14

2004 D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz

2004 Dead Arm Shiraz

2004 Dead Arm Shiraz

The 2004 The Dead Arm Shiraz was one of the top five wines I tasted at a recent event featuring over 100 wines.  This fabulous full-bodied wine offers a beautiful dark purple color that’s impossible to resist.  This Shiraz explodes in the mouth with bold blackberry, peppery spice flavors, and although still young it’s pleasantly tannic and complex.

Apparently, I’m not the only taster who enjoyed this Shiraz:  “This deep, rich, full-bodied, tannic Shiraz should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and will last for two decades or more. It is the finest Dead Arm since the 2001.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 95+ Points.

Price: Around $50.