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 Another Aussie blend
If you think we've been featuring a lot of Australian white blends lately, you're right: This increasingly popular niche includes a lot of refreshing and table-worthy wines that aren't just thirst-quenching but interesting.
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 Shoofly 2007 "Buzz Cut" Wine of Australia ($11.99) Very good food wine, with impressive balance and complexity for a white at this price.
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Another Aussie blend

If you think we've been featuring a lot of Australian white blends lately, you're right: This increasingly popular niche includes a lot of refreshing and table-worthy wines that aren't just thirst-quenching but interesting.

Today's featured wine, Shoofly 2007 "Buzz Cut" Wine of Australia, imported in the U.S. by the reliable importer Old Bridge Cellars, is a thoroughly unconventional blend of Viognier 35%, Riesling 26%, Chardonnay 16%, Verdelho 12%, Semillon 6%. (Some vintages, but not this one, add a bit of Sauvignon Blanc.)

Offbeat white blends often face the charge of "muddied" flavors, much like a painter who mixes a little too much red, green, blue and yellow to achieve a dull brown color on his palate. But I've encountered no such problem with recently tasted Aussie white blends, which - at least to my taste buds - tend not so much to favor one or two of the components as to present a new, balanced and interesting result.



Shoofly 2007 "Buzz Cut" Wine of Australia ($11.99)

Shoofly

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. U.S. importer: Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, Calif. (July 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.

VALUE: A fine buy at this price.

WHEN TO DRINK: It's tough to predict ageworthiness for unusual blends, and this one is clearly made for immediate enjoyment. That said, I see no reason this wouldn't hold, and possibly gain richness, over a few years' cellar time.

WEB LINK:
Here's a link to the producer's fact sheet on the "Buzz Cut" wines:
http://www.shooflywines.com/wine/buzzcut/index.html
For the producer's PDF tasting report on this specific wine, click:
http://www.shooflywines.com/
media/tastingnotes/07/2007_Buzz_Cut.pdf

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:
Find vendors and compare prices for Shoofly "Buzz Cut" on Wine-Searcher.com:
http://www.wine-searcher.com/
find/Shoofly%2bBuzz/-/-/USD/A?referring_site=WLP


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