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Buckeley's 1999 South Australia Shiraz ($9.99) GOOD BUY!
Buckeley'sThis affordable Shiraz is not available in Australia, curiously enough. Made from a blend of grapes from the Langhorne Creek and scenic McLaren Vale regions around Adelaide and named after a famous Australian "hippie" of a past generation whose name has come to signify "No worries, mate," it is an "export wine," made primarily for sale in the U.S. It's a good, typical example of Australian Shiraz in the fruity, approachable style, and a fine bargain. Inky blackish-purple in color, it breathes ripe red-fruit and menthol aromas. Its flavor is full, fresh and bright, soft and quaffable, with a tangy acidic edge to hold it together. U.S. importer: Click Imports, Seattle. (Jan. 2, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Although it's a natural match for burgers or steaks, it went surprisingly well with a hearty meatless course of wide pappardelle pasta with a roast carrot and pistachio sauce.

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