Timbuktu Big Block Red, 2004 South Australia Red Wine
I got this wine from work because everyone keeps talking about it and I had not tried it yet. It was great. Excellent value. In typical Aussie fashion, they export a red blend that is ripe and full of flavorful and sporting a label that verges on tacky. But we're Americans, we love tacky. One of the best sellers right now at my store is a wine with a picture of Elvis in a Santa hat on the label. So why not this one? The Australian wine industry knows what they are doing and they are doing it well. The funny thing is, you can't buy this wine in Australia, you can't buy yellow tail in Australia and there are probably many others too. Most of Australia's wine is drunk outside of their country. If only we were that good at selling wine.
So, back to Timbuktu; Its a blend of five different varieties with of course, Shiraz being one of them:
39% Cabernet, 27% Petit Verdot, 24% Shiraz, 6% Merlot, and 4% Malbec
Color: Deep Purple with sharp violet edges. It's young
Nose: Ultra ripe, spiced plum, blueberries, and cherry pie. After 15 minutes it becomes more herbacious. The ripe fruit dissolves to lavender and rosemary notes with a "strong" hint of crushed peppercorns.
Palate: Big and juicy on the palate and covers every tastebud (thats from all the different varieties in there). Its a bit spicy and hot but is so big, almost syrupy, that the heat doesn't last long. The tannins are relatively silent in this one. You kind of feel them in your teeth, like they just want to let you know that they are along for the ride but they sit in the back seat and try to stay out of the rearview mirror.
I give it a B++
(p.s. you should be able to buy this wine at Cost Plus World Market)