Billy’s Shadow South Australian Red

Modest Red from Down Under

Trader Joe's Australian Red Wine

Staff Wine Review:

Good Booze – Modest Red

This is a “Fearless Flyer” featured Trader Joe’s wine. The berry flavors are modest and after it opens up one way or another, it’s approachable. We would recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon type glass for this one rather than a generic red glass. It’s a bit pricey for what it is, but for a “red” pour would be fine. Better with steak or burgers off the “barbie”.

The Facts

Billy’s Shadow Red

Price Paid – $8.99

Date Reviewed – 11/30/17

Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s SF Bay Area

Varietal or Type – Red Blend 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz 11% Merlot

Vintage Year – 2014

Appellation – South Australia

Winery/Brand – Wine Tiger

Bottle Size – 750 ML

Alcohol – 14.5%

Cork? – Composite

Pour it and taste – Berry aroma with a whiff of sulfur. Berry flavors with a hint of asphalt and heat on the finish.

Aerator +5  – Sulfur fading and more berries in the aroma. Warm, round tannins. Soft, with just a hint of asphalt on the finish.

Decanter +30 – Barest hint of sulfur (would disappear in a big Cabernet glass).  Balanced soft berry flavors. No tannins to speak of. A bare whiff of asphalt on the finish (again probably not there in a bigger Cab glass).

Overall – Opens up OK. Some berry but not a lot. The asphalt and sulfur would probably not be an issue in a large Cab glass and served with some grilled red meat.

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