Shoofly 2007 "Buzz Cut" Wine of Australia ($11.99)
Clear, bright straw color. Pleasant citrus, peach and subtle herbal aromas emerge from the glass, suggesting no specific grape variety but aromatic and appealing overall. Mouth-filling and crisply acidic, flavors follow the nose; tart acidity forms a solid backbone for refreshing, not overblown fruit, with a distinct citric snap in a long finish. Very good food wine, with impressive balance and complexity for a white at this price. A blend of 35% Viognier, 26% Riesling, 16% Chardonnay, 12% Verdelho and 6% Semillon; the label claims a reasonably rational 13.5% alcohol. US Importer: Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, Calif. (Jul 27, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Good just about anywhere a full, acidic white will go. It was fine with a fricasee of chicken parts with carrots, onions and fresh garden tomatoes with orzo pasta.



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