Had a Glass: 2009 Bodegas Lopez Mercier Cal Y Canto

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He says: It is absolute garbage, and almost undrinkable.

She says: I barely drank any of this wine but a few sips was enough to tell me that I didn’t want any more.

2009 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée

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He says: This is a great wine at an amazing price, and it’s good to see Bordeaux deliver something other than plonk at the sub-$20 level.

She says: This tasted more New World to me than Bordeaux with its mouthwatering acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc nose.

Had a Glass: 2004 Costa De Oro Valencia Reserva

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She says: Nothing really memorable about this and I would have expected more from a Spanish wine with 6 years of age.

He says: Pretty simple easy sipper.

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

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He says: The Aussies are having a laugh.

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

2009 Wolf Blass Shiraz Eaglehawk

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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

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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.

Wine truths

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
by Benjamin Franklin

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.