Thursday, June 19, 2008

Australian garbage

I wrote a few days ago that I had one bottle of Australian red wine in my cellar, a bottle that my father had bought a few years back. It was a 2003 shiraz/voignier blend, from a well-known producer. Won't name it, because it honestly isn't worth it. The 2006 vintage sells for $27.95. From what I remember, we bought our bottle for around $30.

The particular cuvee did have a cute name - "The Laughing Magpie". To me, this just reeks of corporate marketing bullshit.

I was hoping that this wasn't going to be a generic, overriped, monstrosity of a wine. I was so wrong. It was inky, black, dense, thick - all the things that scares me. The alcohol was chokingly overwhelming. Huge fruit, that saturates everything. Alcohol that hides the tannins. Disgusting.

This wine falls apart very quickly. These is no cohesion, no integration between the components. It quickly breaks down into this hideous oakiness and bitter tannins. So much extract, it's like you're eating jam.

There's no character to these wines. And that's what pisses me off. About New World wine in general. This is not for eating with a meal. This is a cocktail wine, for those yuppie pricks who think they understand wine. THIS IS NOT WINE!!!!!!!!!!!

This garbage is vile and has no soul. If this is the direction that wine is going, then I'm going to lose my f*cking mind.

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