For #2 in the Rotgut Reviews series, I picked the Yellowtail Shiraz ($11.45 at the LCBO). This is currently the #1 selling wine in the US, and therefore worthy of review.
The winery description speaks lovingly of lifted berry aromas, spicy hints, generous ripe fruit, and vanillin flavours delivering a long and soft finish. The LCBO description speaks of blackberry, red licorice (twizzler?), vanilla bean and plum aromas, with flavours of plum and ripe berry and a long spicy finish.
Sounds intriguing. So what’s it really like? Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Tannins provide structure, to be sure, but the overwhelming impression is of drinking vanilla extract mixed with grape juice.