In the 80's Australia was trying to increase its economic status. At the time chardonnay was far more popular than shiraz, irrespective of quality. The Aussie gov't requested/required/demanded that the wine regions try to produce chardonnay, I assume for export and profit. The vineyards sorta did but I don't think they put as much effort into growing the chardonnay grapes as well as they grow the shiraz. So... bleh.
Coming out of the bottle, the wine smells light and crisp. That's really about it. As it sat in the glass, I got further hints of fruit that disguised the alcohol bite. I should note that I neither like nor dislike the smell of alcohol in a wine. It adds dimension to everything else. I suppose if that's all I smell, it's bad, but in and of itself no problem.
First sip. Brief. Brief. Brief hint of fruit and then it's gone, replaced by a watery feel and the tingle on the side of your tongue. A moment later and it is replaced by evaporated buh? "Buh" being the technical term of "what the hell is that sensation?" which is a weird mix of fruit, metal and alcohol hitting your tongue and epithelium at the same time.
There isn't much else to say about tis wine. It was bad. It had nothing to offer besides a pretty logo and inebriation. I don't think I'll buy it again, even at $10.54 with tax.