Pillar Box 2008 Red

Posted by Keith Wallace

For a wine so damn cheap, a lot of rock star winemakers have been attached to this project. For the geeks, that means Aussie powerhouses Kim Jackson and  Chris Ringland, for starters. For the rest of us all, there is to ask is WHY? Well, you don’t even need to ask that question, WHERE CAN I BUY IT? This is one of those bottles that over-delivers for the price point.

The wine is two-thirds Shiraz, with Cabernet and Merlot filling in the gap. Jammy and juicy, it hits the big points and leaves the nuances to another bottle of wine. Sweet blueberries on the nose, with a touch of spice and mocha. It is fuller-bodied and round on the palate, with black fruit flavors that are slightly reduced to a wisp of menthol smoke, kind of like a Kools. It finishes big and bold and jammy.

A current trend in Aussie winemaking is to have small wine companies that produce a  half dozen or more wines under different labels.  Instead of a winery name, you have inventive brand names. Pillar Box is part of a series of wines that reference the regional Australian postal service, all made by the same company:  Henry’s Drive, Parson’s Flat, The Trial of John Montford, Dead Letter Office, The Postmistress, The Scarlet Letter, and Morse Code.  

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