Scharke, Only Son, 2005 (Feb. 2, 2008)

A note about a wine that's just (expensive) good stuff. But nothing more. Which I'm singling out not as a complaint but because I had been looking forward to it.

I wanted to try this because an Australian Temperanillo seemed like a nice idea. And it's got a nice smoky-leathery touch on the nose, floating over the ripe black and red fruits, that is reminiscent of modern Spain. But then again, it's also reminscent of Israel. It's all New World on the palate, which is jammy and smooth and not particularly structured or interesting, except where the near sweet tannins turns just a bit rusty on the finish. The label says 14.9% alcohol. Who knew the Australians had such a sense of humor!

Imported by Mersch, for about 180 NIS.