St. Mary's Bells & Whistles Red 2004
Barbera from Barossa Valley, Australia
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
St. Mary's Winery
St Marys is a boutique, family owned, premium red wine producer. With one basket press and all fruit being pressed through it ensures a softer and more traditional character to each wine.
Estate grown grapes only are used in the production of all St Mary's wines. Small batches of hand picked grapes are fermented in open vats,hand plunged and intensively monitored. The ferments are then Basket Pressed and barrel matured in climate controlled storage before being bottled on premises. View all St. Mary's Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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13 ratings, 11 with reviews21/30/2013Fair to poor, get what you pay for.42/3/2013310/15/2012wine hog - Greenland, NH15/10/2012About what you would expect for 7.99. Drink it like beer.birch lake - Elmhurst, IL15/1/2012I 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.antiqueart - Birmingham, AL42/29/2012Good 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.11/27/2012Sour, thin, over the hill. Should not have been sold by Wine.com For Shame.John C. - Wilkes Barre, PA11/23/2012Very 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!11/14/2012Didn'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!41/11/2012
I really like this wine. Smokey, fruity and just a great value.bobhadorn - Olathe, KS11/11/2012I 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.21/9/2012I'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.31/6/2012
- Light & Fruity
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.
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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