Cheap Aussie “plonk”

Source: Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation

This blind review focuses on Aussie plonk, the kind that you see at every summer BBQ in the hand of friends who think it’d be great to bring wine, but have yet to delve deeper. This review focuses on Australia’s sins.

2009 Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50


He says: The Aussies are having a laugh.

She says: …for me was at least drinkable (but only just).

2009 Wolf Blass Shiraz Eaglehawk


She says: Whilst the aromatics were relatively closed in comparison to the oak bombs alongside, the black pepper on the palate was a welcome layer to the otherwise black fruit and vanilla taste.

He says: If you do need to spend less than $15 on a cheap bottle of Shiraz, and it has to be Australian, perhaps try this bottle.

2009 Yellow Tail Shiraz


She says: It makes me sad that this is what a lot of consumers think of when they think of Aussie wine. If I was ‘playing by my rules’ as Yellow Tail advertise, I would not serve this at all.

He says: Made to please the masses of the easy-drinking wine drinking public, it’s easy to see why this sells as well as Welch’s grape juice, and I don’t mean to criticize Welch’s.

2005 Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir Belle


She says: When it comes to Pinot Noir I generally have very expensive taste, even among New World examples. This did not hold true when it came to the Le Vieux Pin Belle with it’s $45 price tag.

He says: The bouquet shows promise, but on the palate, it’s an oaky, tannic mess with dead, thin fruit, belittling the elegance of what a Pinot Noir is supposed to be.

2008 8th Generation Vineyard Pinot Noir


She says: Not bad but nothing to get really excited about either. Unless you count the cool use of the figure 8 to create very distinctive labels… love the branding!

He says: This Pinot Noir doesn’t blow me away, and it’s typical of the average BC style: solid red fruit, but very tight, and linear with little depth or complexity.

2008 Laughing Stock Vineyards Chardonnay


She says: It is definitely more of a food wine than an easy drinking summer afternoon sip.

He says: An out of balance oak influence that hasn’t come together, and a bit flabby with it’s lower acidity. I’m not happy about this one.

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.