Casella Wines - makers of [yellow tail] and Lucky Penny Lucky Penny Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: May 22, March 7, January 4 and December 16.
A juicy red with fleshy ripe purple plums. Smooth and medium-bodied with lots of pleasure. Food matches: slow-roasted lamb shanks with rosmary, creamy mashed potato and green beans, soft and crumbly vintage cheddar cheese.
Reviewed May 8, 2011 by Natalie MacLean
Opinions about wine differ greatly as the experience is subjective. You may find it helpful to compare this critical evaluation of the wine with mine as well as your own:
|Darlene Myers rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
I was delightfully surprised by this wine. It was a bold wine, with rich berry fruits, vanilla, chocolate and a hint of oak. A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, a great wine for under $20 for BBQ season.
|See a penny pick it up! You know how the saying goes. The feeling of good fortune is the philosophy behind Lucky Penny. It is a wine designed to add an element of ‘special’ and ‘sophistication’ to any social occasion and is guaranteed to delight your friends.|
Lucky Penny is a carefully balanced blend of three grape varieties that work harmoniously
together. Approachable, unpretentious and bursting with flavour, we invite you to discover Lucky Penny – a thoroughly enjoyable wine experience. Share the luck!
Lucky Penny is made with grapes sourced from premium vineyards in South Eastern Australia.
Once the grapes are delivered to the winery in New South Wales, they are pressed and fermented on skins in contact with oak. Temperatures are kept high to ensure maximum colour and tannin extraction. Following fermentation, the winemakers blend the wine to taste before bottling it, leaving it to age at the winery for one year.
South East Australia experienced an early Spring in 2008 with warmer than average temperatures. Steady rains provided good soil moisture for the rest of the season. A cold snap in summer slowed ripening and allowed for gradual flavour and sugar development. Fruit quality across all varieties from this vintage was excellent.
This elegant red wine blend displays aromas of dark stone fruits such as plums and cherries mixed with spice, vanilla and cloves that come from oak maturation.
The Shiraz brings to this wine rich fruit flavours of cherry mixed with spice and the
Cabernet adds bold plum and blackberry. Merlot contributes softer red fruit tones.
Combined, the blend offers generous fruit with soft delicate tannins and a clean ripe finish.
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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.