Thursday, December 01, 2005

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)


At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Felipe said...

What a great review, It realy makes me want to get out and buy this one. Well written

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

Based on this review I bought 8 bottles of the red and 4 of the new white for an office party. The red is is quite bad and the white is worse. You can get much, much better wines in this price range. For example, anything from Geyser Peak/Canyon Road (which are two brands run by the same company, Jim Beam).

This wine is only produced for Cost Plus. And it has a screw top which frankly made a bad impression on my guests. I didn't realize it because I never thought a wine in this price range would have a screw top. If the wine had been good, I would not have cared.

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Bob Caz said...


I tried this wine by chance and can't get it off my mind!!!

It was really excellent!...but it's no longer available at the World Market in West Des Moines, Iowa where I got it.

Where can I get it??? How can I find it?? What can I do to get a few bottles????

At 1:27 PM, Blogger daveogil said...

Hey Bob, try looking in a Cost Plus World Market store, they should still have it.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon now Charles, this is a good wine, especially the red. It beats the heck out of the mass produced wines such as Yellow Tail and if you wait long enough your local World Market will mark it down to $7.99 or lower (they recently ran a $5 a bottle sale) which makes it a great buy. How many bordeux style blends can you get for this price that don't taste like garbage?


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