This is the first in a series of "Rotgut Reviews". I am on a quest to find drinkable, but inexpensive wine. Last night we pulled the cork on a bottle of Yellowtail Merlot, from Australia’s Casella Wines. This product of the Australian wine lake is available from the LCBO for just $11.85. The LCBO marketing material speaks glowingly of berry flavours, and soft tannins, but what was it really like? Think grape-juice. Powerfully fruity, even a bit grapey – like a tame Manischewitz, but not as sweet. Soft tannins? Nearly non-existant.
The verdict: drinkable plonk — the sort of thing you would serve to guests who didn’t really like wine.