Alkoomi 2004 Frankland River Western Australia Shiraz Viognier ($22.99)
Dark garnet, crimson glints. Particularly attractive dark fruit aromas, black cherries and discreet berries, more elegant than forward; no hint of the "blueberry milkshake" character often found in Shiraz. A revelation on the palate: Certainly fruit-forward, but the fruit is clean, fresh and natural, dark berries and tart cherries nicely framed by mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins. An exceptionally well-balanced wine, with appropriate but not numbing alcohol at 13.5%. US Importer: The Ravensvale Group, Manhasset, N.Y. (Oct 16, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Where blockbuster Shiraz needs red meat, if any food match at all, this more elegant model served beautifully with a simple chicken saute.

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