Sometimes I buy a bottle of wine just out of curiosity. I picked up a bottle of 2005 Shoo Fly Aussie Salute at The Village Bottle Shoppe in West Lafayette this week. I opened it late tonight and found it most enjoyable for a darn low price point.

Above all else it’s a very smooth red wine that you can drink by itself or with a little mild cheese and crackers. The blend is mostly Grenache, with a little Shiraz and a hit of Viognier. It’s not a big wine but it does come across as rich with a soft finish that makes you want to promptly refill your glass with just a little more.

Big dark fruit on the front end makes it enjoyable with a ripe nose that will send you hints of the Syrah grapes. I paid $11 for the wine and found it online for as low as $9.

I’d use this wine for new wine drinkers or even experienced wine fans as an inexpensive introduction to blends or Australian wines.

Cheers matey, a darn fine glass of wine at 11 at night!

And, take a look at the label – but the best part is just above the label where they put a decal of a little fly! Wayyyy cool!

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