the Little Penquin Shiraz 2005

Fruity, a bit flabby with shades of a cantaloupe finish. Smooth; I prefer more tannins, but this is a nice, everyday wine that is a very good value and an adequate mid-week indulgence. Tom: I remember Little Penquin Shiraz fondly from previous tastings, I guess because of the big fruit flavor. And you can’t beat the price…about $5.50. But the main taste here is the big fruit flavor. This is the “fruit bomb” that critics attribute to Australia: big fruit flavor, not very tannic. Despite my fond memories, I would lean toward Jacob’s Creek for an Australian wine in this price category.

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