Review: Three Reds From Four Sisters

Here are three reds from down-under that won't hurt your wallet and still bring plenty of flavor to the party. Photo: Duane Pemberton

WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2013 - During these tougher economic times, wines priced under $15 dollars, are a hot commoditiy and the country of Australia certainly has a lot to choose from in this price category.

Four Sisters was started by Trevor Mast, who has four daughters and wanted to create a brand which pays homage to them. His wines are known to be fruit forward and sophisticated; did he hit the mark? Let’s check them out.

2010 Merlot: W.E.P. Rating: 80%

On the nose: Blackberry, bramble, forest floor, dust, leather and spice.

On the palate: Dirty black fruit - plum, blackberry, hint of marionberry, mushroom, leather, bitter chocolate, allspice and black peppercorn. Still a very youthful wine with proonounced fruit, a decent mid palate with good acid and tannin, however, the finish falls a bit short. I’d love to try this wine again in antoher year or two. 

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: W.E.P. Rating: 85%

On the nose: Blackend cherry, blackberry, black licorice, leather and spiced pipe tobacco. 

On the palate: Overall, not a bad effort - it has some decent body to it and good 
fruit but doesn’t have a super-long finish. Nice tannins and just enough acidity help keep it from feeling too flabby. I’d pair it with a grilled  hamburger or marinated flank steak with mushrooms.

2010 Shiraz:W.E.P. Rating: 90%

On the nose:  Chimney smoke, blackberry, pie crust, pencil lead, red clay, bramble and spiced mushroom. 

On the palate: Good mix here of fruit and tannin with enough acidity to keep it from becoming flabby. Nice, dry mid-palate that still has enough fruit to it, with a good amount of spice to make it go well with everything from herbed chicken to BBQ ribs.

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Prices: $13.95 each

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Duane Pemberton is a food and wine writer who is also the owner of Pemberton is also a well read automobile reviewer and critic, all of which incorporates into his travel, wine and food reviews.

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