THE LUCKY COUNTRY SHIRAZ/CABERNET - 2003
I'm trying. I'm really trying to give Australian wine a chance. I loved the Two Up Shiraz. I loved what Clarendon Hills and Two Hands have been able to accomplish in Australia even better. Lucky Country is made by Two Hands. I can't go wrong, can I? Or can I?
This 55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet blend from down under has a nose of ripe cherries with a hint of blueberries. The wine tastes like cherries: tart cherries, pungent cherries, cherry cough syrup - nothing but cherries.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
Australia disappoints me again. While this exhibits lots of cherry fruit it is just too medicinal to really enjoy. The alcohol content is 14.5% and out of balance with the rest of the wine. This wine retails for anywhere from $12 - $15. This is an average wine and at any price I can't recommend it.