I’m not that enamored of many Australian red wines, which tend to be so overwhelming that it’s difficult to appreciate them. But that’s not the case with the Pillar Box (about $12, and widely available, including Costco).
It’s actually quite restrained for an Aussie red blend that’s dominated by shiraz – and, with only 14.5 percent alcohol, practically milquetoast by Down Under standards. Still, it’s a full-bodied wine (the tasting notes say fleshy, which is reasonable) that isn’t over-oaked, over-extracted, over-tannic, or too acidic. The irony is that people who like huge Aussie wines also like this, and it gets good scores from the Wine Magazines. But I have always appreciated irony.
Drink this with almost any kind of barbecue (even smoked chicken or turkey), and it will pair with a variety of red sauce food.