wyndham estate shiraz grenacheHuon Hooke’s Wine of the Week in today’s SMH is the Wyndham Estate George Wyndham Shiraz Grenache, 2005.

He says: “Its two trophies at the Sydney Royal Wine Show, including best red wine not exceeding $20, were well deserved. Though named after the man who founded Wyndham Estate in the Hunter Valley in 1828, it’s not a Hunter wine – the grapes most likely came from South Australia (Orlando Wyndham is very shy about the source of grapes, even in its best wines).

The wine is deliciously soft and fruit-sweet to taste, with raspberry and cherry-like aromas, fruit driven and not obviously marked by oak. At nearly three years old, it’s good drinking now and will continue to be for eight to 10 years. It’s widely distributed and easy to find.”

Suggested food pairings: Steak and kidney pie, shepherd’s pie, all casseroles, stews and braises.

Sounds like a delightful wine for winter and one to keep in the wine cellar for a few years.