Color: Medium red with a deep hue
Aroma: Shows strong vanillin and chocolate
characters with a touch of spice
Palate: The mid palate has good weight and softness and
the soft berry characters carry through to the finish.
Deliberately light on tannins or oak, the wine shows
lovely balance and bright fruit flavors.
Food pairings: Tomato-based pasta sauces, roast lamb, venison
"Attractive palate; clear, cool-grown but supple fruit with spice, licorice, pepper and blackberry flavours all intermingling."
I don't know where people claim bitter, but I thought it was well balanced with a hint of smoke. Hey, if you don't want to trust my palate, it's not like you're taking a big chance with a ten buck Shiraz, anyway. I like this even better than the $10 Penfolds Shiraz/Cabernets.
Great wine. will add to favorites.
Excellent Shiraz; can not be beaten for the price. I bought a case of highly rated (92+) reds under $20 and this one was one of my best finds so far.