Place of origin: Austalia.
Price: $10-$12/3 liter box
Appearance: Dark plum with hardly any legs or necklace.
Nose: Alcohol, mixed berry pie, heavy on the blackberries. A touch of oak.
On the plate: Raspberry jam, toasted oak, black pepper.
Finish: Cherry juice, smoldering hardwood.
Parting words: If I were to taste this wine in a blind tasting, it might not fare well. It’s drinkable enough and fares better with food, but it’s not exactly exciting. It has too much bitterness and is simultaneously a hair too tart. The effect is like eating a slightly burnt fruit pie. But it’s cheap. Really cheap. TJ’s Block Red is recommended.