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Jun. 30, 2000: ROSEMOUNT Grenache-Shiraz South Eastern Australia 1999 (85 points, $8)

Down Under delivers with this fruity red at a no-quibble price. Focused and tasty, with lots of ripe raspberry flavors and toasty vanilla notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2002. 30,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 29, 2000: PENFOLDS Shiraz-Cabernet South Australia Koonunga Hill 1999 (85 points, $11)

Firm and chewy, with a layer of surprisingly substantial tannins around a nice core of blackberry, currant and peppery flavors, this good value red from Australia's high-profile producer will be best after 2002. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 66,075 —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 28, 2000: OXFORD LANDING Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia (85 points, $8)

Can't beat the price-score combo offered by this bright and flavorful red -- a charming mouthful of currant, plum and distinctly minty aromas and flavors that linger effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 30,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 27, 2000: BANROCK STATION Shiraz South Eastern Australia 1999 (86 points, $7)

Here's a great deal on Australia's favorite red variety. This very good version is nicely spicy, with ripe, round raspberry notes and an herbal twist on the finish. Drink now. 40,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 23, 2000: FARALLON Merlot North Coast 1997 (85 points, $10)

Merlot you crave? This one's not only delicious, it's reasonably priced. The chocolate, dill and black cherry flavors are ripe-tasting, and the intensity and soft tannins combine nicely with vanilla notes on the finish. Drink now through 2004. 22,750 case —James Laube

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