Monday, September 6, 2010


- South Eastern Australia
- $8-$16
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

One of my favourite $10 shiraz labels; Bin 555, is but one Wyndham Estate wine poised to benefit from the company's acquisition of ex-Saltram winemaker Nigel Dolan. Nigel's efforts from the 2002 and 2004 vintage (when with Saltram) were nothing short of spectacular.

Surprisingly composed for its price, the 2008 presents bright raspberry, plum and creamy vanilla oak aromas with a touch of white pepper in a simple, appealing fashion. Its smooth, medium-full bodied palate also reflects pure, unadulterated, attractive simplicity, with a soft, insignificant structure outlining an effortless balance of bright varietal fruit flavours with muddy fruit undertones (Riverland component?) and a finish set off by a ping of acidity.

ü+ A charmingly presented quaff completely devoid of offensive elements. For $13 with a 100g block of 70% cocoa dark chocolate right now; it's brilliant. Drink to 2012.
88 points

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