2012 Langmeil Three Gardens SMG, $18.99

The Barossa Valley region in Southern Australia is almost too good for wine grapes. Big, hot sun days, followed by cool, evening breezes coming up from Antarctica, make the grapes fat and happy. If there's a problem with that, it is that the red wines can have a tendency to be too big. This Shiraz, Mataro (aka Mourvèdre), Grena-che blend, each grape from its own garden, bucks that trend. Not big or blousy, this red is more delicate with a lighter body, and easier on the alcohol (14.5%). Doesn't skimp on red fruits though (cherry and currants), with a good balance of spice from the red earth of the region, that gives it a cigar box finish. The tannins are plush and soft. A great wine with pork or even barbecued chicken, Mate.