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Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 9.11.11 AMEveryone likes a good blend of red wine. Different percentages with different grapes, offering different structure and different tannins. When you read the back of a bottle like the 2010 Pillar Box Red and see 68% Shiraz, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 5% Merlot, you often wonder what journey did the winemaker take in making this wine. Why did they choose 68% instead of 69% and could he really tell a difference in those two blends?

A company called Henry’s Drive makes the Pillar Box Red, which is named after the 19th century mail coach service. For those that do not know a Pillar Box is basically a free standing mail box that was in most of the British or colonized British countries. It came on shortly after the invention of the postage stamp, according to Wikipedia. According to Henry’s Drive website, each district had different colors of Pillar Boxes until 1874, when the standard color became red. That is the history lesson but what about the wine. According to their tasting notes:

Brooding, blackberry fruit and dried mint aromas intermingle with dark chocolate, licorice spice, hints of pepper and cedary oak on the nose. The palate exhibits flavours of fresh black and blueberry fruit, toasted dark spice and hints of spearmint. A seamless wine; displaying balance and fine, long tannin structure.

Wow. Whoever wrote that is really passionate about this wine. So what did I think?

Color – Deep, deep violet purple.

Nose – Smokey, black cherry and I definitely got the cedar on the nose.

Taste – I got more of plum than black or blueberry and I really got that toasted spice but with a hint of vanilla.

Finish – Really rounded edges so super smooth. It had a medium finish with medium acid.

Overall, this is a decent red blend from Australia. I would definitely say enjoy this with some bold red meat and not really by itself. The only reason I say this is because by itself, it really became too jammy by the second glass. I would say I really enjoyed the postal story but it is not my most favorited wine.

Rating: C+

~Justin