The Barossa Valley is well known as a major wine producing region in Australia. It is particularly (but not exclusively) known for it’s production of red wines. In fact, one of Australia’s most famous wines – Penfolds Grange – contains a large proportion of Barossa Shiraz. With so much potential, then, I was keen to give this Presswork bottle a try. After all, reading a label can give you plenty of information, but it can’t tell you what’s truly important — if you like this wine. That only your taste buds can tell you.
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: The Presswork was a very deep ruby color in the glass. In the bouquet I found scents of tangy berries, earth and a touch of cola. Acidity was good, the body was light, and tannins were gentle. Alcohol was at 13.8%. Flavors I found included pepper, cherry, cola, some eucalyptus and a hint of chocolate cake on the finish. Despite that chocolate cake (because who doesn’t like chocolate cake), I thought this Australian pleasant but lacking in body and overall oomph.