Also recommended: 2006 MT Tempranillo Bendigo (86), 2005 Vineyard Blend Shiraz/Cabernet/Tempranillo Bendigo (85). (Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA)

2005 Pondalowie Vineyards Shiraz Bendigo

($26) Deep ruby. Exotic dark berry and Asian spice aromas are sexed up by vanilla and mocha. Lush, creamy and sweet but energetic, with briary blackberry and boysenberry flavors. The surprisingly vibrant fruit character carries through the long, juicy finish. This is very easy to drink.


2005 Pondalowie Vineyards Shiraz/Viognier Bendigo

($40) Dark purple. Intensely aromatic nose features lively blackberry, licorice, mineral and floral scents deepened by tobacco and espresso. Zesty dark berry flavors are bright, focused and pure, with no game or herbal qualities. Finishes silky-sweet, vibrant and long, with echoing dark berry flavors.


2004 Pondalowie Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Release Bendigo

($40) Deep ruby. Sexy blackberry and kirsch on the nose, with a complicating hint of dried flowers. Round and creamy, with deep dark fruit flavors, soft tannins and gentle mineral lift. Finishes lush and creamy, with excellent sweetness and thrust. Pretty alluring.

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