Wine of the Week: A $20 Aussie Shiraz That Scored 90 Points for $13

IMG_20140819_180318by Andrew Chalk

What a bargain. A wine that scored 90 points out of 100 in the prestigious Wine Advocate (placing it in the top 5% of wines tasted) for $19.98 is rare enough indeed, but the Lakewood wine store with the wacko name, The Wine Therapist, is discounting it to $12.99 for a limited time.

2010 Mr. Riggs ‘The Gaffer’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia

The special price is the one that they offered at a store tasting two Saturdays back. They sold out. The reason for the resumption of the tasting price is that they just managed to secure new supplies from the distributor. 

This wine is made from Australia’s most famous red wine grape, Shiraz (the aussie name for Syrah). It has a purple color and monster-sized tasty fruit (without being a simple ‘fruit bomb’). It is ready to drink — no cellaring needed. Just unscrew the screw cap (virtually all aussie wines thankfully come with them nowadays). Drink it with red meat. So steak, barbecue, lamb, prime rib. I even took a bottle round the corner from the store to unpretentious BYOB Bangkok Inn and can confirm that it even goes with Panang curry!

It is like it was made for the Texas lifestyle. I bought a case to last me the week month and will be buying another.

This thing is going fast, so act quickly.

Disclosure and procedures: Some wines sent by vendor(s) at no cost to reviewer. If a local reseller is named after a price quote is the one who, on, had the lowest price. Wines sent by vendors may not be reviewed and will not be returned.


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