Plantagenet 2004 "Hazard Hill" Western Australia Shiraz ($11.00)
Blackish-purple with a garnet edge. Blackberries and a distinct note of menthol on the nose. Tart, berryish, fruit-forward but not at all jammy on the palate. Nicely structured with crisp acidity; 14% alcohol shows its presence, but by big Shiraz standards, it's on the low end. Nobody would mistake this for a Rhone red, but it shows the relatively balanced Western Australia style. US Importer: Robert Whale Selections, Washington, D.C. (Oct 1, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: A good match with a simple ragu-style pasta sauce made with chopped leftover steak and tomatoes, onions and garlic.

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