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Rotgut Reviews: Yellowtail Merlot

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.

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