This is an Australian label imported by Trader Joe’s – they also have a Cab and a Chardonnay, all at the $6 price point, that I’ll be reviewing shortly. I’m having this with grilled pork, rubbed with adobo and lime.
Benefactor Shiraz (2012) South Eastern Australia – $6.
Aroma: very Australian – eucalyptus, mint, black pepper, and tar. Some raspberry and rose petal notes too. A big nose.
Taste: Good fruit-spice balance up at the front. Warm and chewy, but a little thin towards the finish. Pepper does come out on the very end, with good length. With air I get additional berry fruit notes. I think this would be better with a less spicy meal.
Decent wine, and an appealing price. This is not a keeper for the cellar, but it’s something to consider for parties. And with the creepy label, it’s a nice choice for a Halloween party!