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2006 Ashwood Grove Shiraz

     We had family over on a particularly mild evening so my husband was grilling ribeyes and marinated veggies for dinner and I had made a pan of scalloped potatoes to accompany it. We had this magnum bottle of Australian 2006 Ashwood Grove Shiraz. It had been a gift and I didn't know much about it but the giver had felt it was a good value wine and I knew this group would be game to give it a go.
     It turned out to be a pretty easy-drinker and, of course, paired well with the grilled food. In the glass, it was a deep, dark ruby right up to the rim. It had intense ripe fruit aromas and flavors of plum and raspberry. Though not particularly complex, it was well-balanced, medium+bodied, with medium+tanins and acidity and had 14% abv. It had a medium length, pleasant, peppery finish. Everyone enjoyed it and the bottle was quickly emptied.
     Looking for it on-line, I could not find a winery link but did see that the current 2008 release sells for about $17 for this size bottle and is available locally at Spec's. I would definitely give it another try, it was a good value wine and it would work particularly well for a large gathering.

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