The Bells and Whistles is a blend made from 55% Cab/Sav, 20% Shiraz, 15% Cab Franc and 10% Merlot grapes grown at St Mary's vineyards. The palate is balanced with a rich smooth persistence.
"A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot, the 2004 Bells and Whistles reveals more complexity, texture, and overall completeness."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright red. High-pitched, floral and spicy, with strong red berry and kirsch scents. Quite sweet and fleshy on entry, but firms up nicely in the middle palate, with the sweet cherry flavors developing complex herb and underbrush qualities on the back end. Finishes on a refreshing note of sour cherry, with gentle tannins. The winery experimented with micro-oxygenation, aiming to flesh out the wine."
International Wine Cellar
Good table wine and excellent value at $7.99 with free shipping. Would buy again at same price. the ST rating of 88 is about right.
Light & Fruity
I really like this wine. Smokey, fruity and just a great value.
Earthy & Spicy
The wine exhibits a nose of leather and tobacco with a hint of tart fruit and spice at the end. At first taste, this wine is full of juicy fruit, but mid palate surrenders to a wave of herbs and a touch of oak. The finish is quite nice, with mild tannins supporting a smooth finish of tart cherry notes. Although this wine is now 8 years old, I am of the opinion that most Australian wines are better enjoyed young, so this wine is drinking quite well at the moment, but may move past its prime in relatively short order. There is already a good bit of sediment in the two bottles I tried as well.
Fair to poor, get what you pay for.
I'm afraid this wine is two or three years past its prime. (If it had a prime.) Was disappointed when I opened the bottle but it was drinkable. Poured it out day two.
About what you would expect for 7.99. Drink it like beer.
I too had a quality issue with the wine. It was past its prime and tasted awful. I called customer service and they sent me a return label and credited me for the wine. This is the only bad experience I have had however.
Sour, thin, over the hill. Should not have been sold by Wine.com For Shame.
Very disappointing wine. Poured out 1/2 of the first bottle and will end up doing the same with the other 3 bottles if similar in taste. If it didn't come with a screw cap I would say it was corked. Yuck!
Didn't have hight expectation for a $8 bottle but this might have been the worst wine I have ever tasted. Will be throwing out both bottles of this rancid soda pop!
I should have known not to expect much for $7.99, however I do believe there was something wrong with the bottling. We opened and dumped 2 full bottles.