After the debacle of my last Wine Corner recommendation (I should have known better than to suggest a wine named after a cock. Minds out of the gutter now!!!), I decided to quit taking chances for a little while and reach back to the comparative safety of an old, familiar varietal. Now, really, is there any more dependable style of vino than Australian shiraz? In terms of both flavor and bang-for-the-buck, it's hard to beat. The Little Penguin is yet another delightful family of Oz wines than can be counted on to deliver a thoroughly pleasing quaff for well under $10 a bottle (unless, maybe, you're shopping in midtown Manhattan or some other pricey place.)
The robe of the Little Penguin Shiraz is magenta laced with touches of brick. The rather laid-back nose contains whiffs of white pepper and plenty of boysenberry jam. Pure grape jelly, strawberry, and black currant flavors spread swiftly over the palate, resulting themselves into a decidedly chewy finish. I enjoyed the Little Penguin Shiraz with Popeyes Fried Chicken (spicy, if you please), and it would also work delightfully well with Mexican food and pork tenderloin. Website is www.thelittlepenguin.com if you wish to check out their entire wine line. Cleanse your palate with a bottle soon, and as always:
LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR MEDIOCRE FOOD!!!