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D'arenberg D'arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2010, Mclaren Vale, Australia: This big Australian red wine is savoury, dark and delicious with chary, toasty oak and black fruit. Full-bodied and smooth with loads of satisfaction. Lip-smacking delicious from one of Australia's most respected producers! Try this with hamburgers and all the fixins. Drink: 2012-2017. 942904 13.90% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 91/100. October 11, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2013, Mclaren Vale, Australia: A voluptuous, mouth-filling Australian Shiraz that tastes twice as expensive as it costs = bargain. The grapes are grown in the cool climate of the Mclaren Vale, which results in both freshness and complex depth of flavour. Winemaker Chris Hatcher manages the vineyards for his wines very intensely, even using overhead infrared mapping to determine which soils are best for which grapes, and how much to water or not. Drink: 2013-2018. 390872 14.50% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 94/100. March 4, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Valle Andino Reserva Especial Syrah 2012, Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean red wine with a supple, smooth texture and seductive dark spices. Pretty darn amazing for the price, even at twice the price. Lusciously ripe black fruit with layers of juicy pleasure that will make you regret buying only one bottle. The parent winery of Valle Andino is Agricola Y Commercial Santa Camila. Full-bodied and some kinda wonderful. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013-2017. 272682 14.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. February 7, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Smart Buy Wine Full Review
Runkel Pinot Noir 2012, Quälitatswein, Rheinhessen, Germany: An expansive, aromatic German red wine with gorgeous notes of black cherry, earth and smoke. Medium-bodied, supple and smooth. This is a staggeringly great price for Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is Germany's flagship red wine, in my opinion and it clocks in at a fraction of the price of Burgundy or even New World regions. Drink: 2013-2018. 395954 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 7, 2015 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2013, Mosel, Germany: Love it! There's simply no better value white wine on the shelf. Lime blossom gorgeous. The alcohol is refreshingly low, yet this is no wimpy wine: it's packed with flavour. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to many dishes. Some terrific white pear and lime blossom on the finish of this Qualitätswein (Q.B.A.) wine. Try it with just about anything, but start with seafood or a medium curry. Winemaker Ernie Loosen makes a range of wines, and this is his entry-level offering. It's spectacular for the price. Drink: 2013-2018. 599274 8.50% MS 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Monasterio de las Vinas Blend Gran Reserva Garnacha 2005, Carinena D.O., Spain: Drink: 2008-2016. 82024 13% D 750 mL  $16.95. April 4, 2015 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review

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