Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Roogle You Say

40. 2004 Marquis Philips Sarah's Blend (South Eastern Australia)

Reliable. I'll sum up this wine with that one word. This is a blend of (predominantly) shiraz, cab sauv and merlot and is a collaborative effort between Australian winemakers and American importers that hits all the right notes. Big, new world flavours. Decently priced at just over $20.

I wouldn't exactly call it a critter wine, but I like the marketing nod to the cross-border effort by gracing the label with a mythical creature called the "roogle" - part kangaroo, part eagle.

We were introduced to Marquis Philips when we were given one of their higher end wines as a present a number of years back. We'd never heard of it and then, immediately thereafter, a couple of their wines started showing up on the provincial liquor store shelves. It's an easy grab come BBQ party season.

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