Yellow Tail 2001 South Eastern Australia Shiraz ($5.99)
Very dark purple, almost black in the glass, this inexpensive, approachable wine has the look of an Australian Shiraz, but its varietal and regional character is more muted on the nose and palate. Almost no scent is apparent at first, but swirling in the glass brings up hints of brown sugar and distant, plummy fruit. Fruit is much more apparent in the flavor, which is juicy, grapey and somewhat sweet. It's very easy drinking, smooth and mellow, with no real flaws in its simple expression of black fruit, which may help explain its popularity as a casual "glass of red." But for those more serious wine lovers seeking even a slight intellectual challenge in their wine, this may fall short. US Importer: W. J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Harrison, N.Y. (Oct 30, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Quaffs well with chicken (or just about any other food), but adds little to the match.



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