19 Crimes is well-defined and balanced, Wine Wisdom columnist Roger Gentile says.

Last week I bought a bottle of the 19 Crimes 2012 red wine and what I expected was the Aussie norm: a thick, boring and over-extracted red that was as dull as a cricket match.

What I got really surprised me, and I have spent five days examining this wine and it is good. To be sure, the blend is crazy – cabernet, syrah, pinot noir and Grenache – yet the flavors are well-defined, delectable and very balanced. This is a drinker, not a long-time layer.

And with the aromas blue fruits, spice and lavender, one has to just have a taste. The company behind this wine is Treasury Estates, and that means Beringer, Penfolds, Lindemanns, Rosemont and on, all quality wines that sell for more than the 19 Crimes.

This is a drinkers wine and I am fighting with myself to write "it would be a crime not to buy it." The price is $11 a bottle and your wine place can get it from Heidelberg Distributing

Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.