The Wine Curmudgeon isn’t enamored of many Australian red wines, which tend to be so overwhelming that it’s difficult to appreciate them. But that’s not the case with the Pillar Box (about $12).
It’s actually quite restrained for an Aussie red blend that’s dominated by shiraz – and, with only 14.5 percent alcohol, practically milquetoast by Down Under standards. Still, it’s a full-bodied wine (the tasting notes say fleshy, which is reasonable) that isn't over-oaked, over-extracted, over-tannic, or too acidic. The irony is that people who like huge Aussie wines also like this, and it gets good scores from the Wine Magazines. But the Wine Curmudgeon has always appreciated irony.
Drink this with almost any kind of barbecue (even smoked chicken or turkey), and it will pair with a variety of red sauce food.