Friday, December 17, 2010

New Wines from the World's Second Largest Wine Company

The Wine Group, the world's second largest wine company, based in the US, are releasing a range of budget wines onto the Australian market.  Made at their Griffith winery, the brand is dubbed Fisheye, with catchy labels for the younger drinker.  The brand has been around for some time in the North American market, but has not been seen here before.

All wines are varietal, not blends. The range consists of Riesling, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay in the Whites, and Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon in the reds.  Prices are $9.90 ex cellar door, and current releases are all 2010 vintage.

Whilst distinctly modest in style, the wines are all well made, easy drinkers, with the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir being the most varietal.  Sweetness appears most prominent in the Merlot with the Cabernet Sauvignon suffering from warm climate/warm vintage material.

It is difficult to know exactly what the Wine Group are up to, as they appear quite secretive, but I suspect it won't be long before these wines start appearing in the discount liquor barns. Quite possibly with the resources of such a giant company, the likes of Dan Murphy and First Choice may well carry this range from Australia, and import co- ranges from America, in a bundled deal.

Watch this space.

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