First alerted to this by a friend on Twitter whilst he was stocking up at his local Majestic store, although he hadn’t tasted it he thought I might like it. Was he right? well, a resounding yes from me.
Another bonus was the fact that it features a new grape for me Prieto Picudo from the northern Spanish region of Castilla y León which has been blended with Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and Garnacha.
Be warned though, if you’re not into tannic wines this may well dry the inside of your mouth for a week. Dark and brooding in the glass aromas of black cherries. a touch of smoke and dried herbs.
On first taste the juicy dark cherries burst in your mouth quickly followed by the tannins which douse the juiciness a bit. Oak is prominent and a smokiness (bonfire ash) give this wine a real edge while still being rather drinkable as long as it’s with food, this is definitely a food wine and not a wine for the faint-hearted.
Left in the glass for a while it did mellow slightly and I kept a little back to see if it softens a bit the next day, I will add a comment on the bottom of this post after tasting it again.
My Rating 8/10 Corks Majestic £6.66 on Multi Buy
** Update** Second day the tannins had softened a little, still noticeably tannic but the cherry flavour and acidity coming through more. Still very nice !
As from Friday 28th August 2015 the Tesco Wine Community which I have been a part of for the last four years is shutting down. This was out of the blue and a complete surprise to us all and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tesco Wine team past and present for making it such a great forum to be involved with.
Without this Community I would never have met fellow Oenophiles, a lot of them now good friends, I would never have got to taste so many fantastic wines, attend events and share dinner with renowned wine makers from around the world, including Casillero del Diablo’s Marcelo Papa, Brancott Estate’s Patrick Materman, Jacob’s Creek Rebekah Richardson and Yalumba’s Louisa Rose to name a few.
So with some sadness after Friday the 28th I will be deleting the Tesco Wine Community page on this site, it’s been a rollercoaster four years but an enjoyable one and I wish Tesco the best of luck for the future in these cutthroat times for supermarkets.
I’m sure wines from Tesco will appear on here again at some point as I scour the supermarket shelves looking for great value buys.
On a lighter note I would heartily recommend a Rioja from the Tesco Finest Range that has remained a favourite of mine from the early day of the community when I first tasted it and I for one will continue to buy it, it’s the Tesco Finest Vina Mara Reserva Rioja made by the excellent Baron de Ley, In my opinion this is one of the best sub £10 Rioja’s out there. Next time I open a bottle I will toast the Tesco Wine Community, RIP !
Dusting myself off after collapsing when our daughter announced she would make a Japanese (Wagamama) inspired chicken curry dinner for us tonight. I quickly made my way to the drinks fridge in the shed to see what I could find to accompany it.
Rummaging through the bottles I came across this Strangely labelled ‘Elegant Frog Viognier 2014’ perfect I thought and in the process of transferring it to the kitchen fridge my daughter stopped me asking “where is my Sauvignon Blanc” (she drinks SB with everything).
I showed her the bottle and said we are having Viognier tonight, she had never heard of Viognier but decided to give in to my better judgement (not a lot of choice really ) and drink something other than her usual tipple.
Dinner made and very good it was too, I poured the wine and waited for my daughters reaction “Well” I said, “yes it’s nice ” she replied and I have to agree it was nice.
From the Languedoc-Roussillon, region in France this Viognier didn’t have much in the way of aroma which was pretty muted, if pushed there was a slight hint of peach. The first mouthful though was full of flavour, peaches, apricots, honeydew melon and pears. Slightly floral, vanilla and honeyed although not oversweet.
Paired beautifully with the curry cleansing the palate and it was enjoyed by all, even our fussy Sauvignon Blanc drinking daughter.
My Rating 7/10 Corks
Sainsbury’s on offer at £5.50 or £8
Kangarilla Road I reviewed earlier in the year is one of my favourite Shiraz’s and this 2up from the same winery, It’s their second label wine and although not quite reaching the heights of it’s bigger brother, it’s still very good.
The name 2up comes from a old Australian gambling game dating back to the beginnings of the Gold Rush mining days of the 1850’s in which two pennies are tossed up and bets are made on the way they fall.
Make a bet on this bottle you won’t be disappointed. When poured this was extremely dark in colour, almost inky black. Aromas wise, very fruity with rich ripe plums, cherries and a hint of strawberries, very chocolatey and full of spiced cinnamon and nutmeg.
Take a mouthful and straight away the dark fruits take over along with sweet subtle combination of French and American oak with mild well-balanced tannins. The spice comes through as well as that rich chocolate but doesn’t overpower and makes for a pretty smooth velvety wine.
A bit of a Aussie fruit bomb this may be but it’s easy to drink, with or without food, I drank this without food sitting in the garden early evening with friends and it was a delight, perhaps a little too easy though before I knew it the bottle was empty.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Majestic – Around £7 on Multi Buy
Look in most supermarkets and you will find a lot of cheap Bordeaux’s, usually they are cheap for a reason and most of them that I’ve tried have promptly ended up down the sink.
But ( sorry to start a sentence with a conjunction) there is a shinning light from an unexpected source in the shape of Lidl supermarket where I have bought some pretty decent wines for well under a tenner and this Chateau Marjosse 2012 was just £8.99 and as it turns out, a real genuine bargain.
From a well-regarded Chateau and made by winemaker Pierre Lurton this is a blend of Predominantly Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
When poured this was very deeply coloured with aromas of ripe dark fruits, plums, cherries, it smelt earthy and vegetal with distinct raw green pepper notes.
On first taste it was a bit of a beast, a little harsh and I decided to leave it to the air for a couple of hours and what a difference it made, it transformed into a slightly sweeter softer taste, lots of mouth-watering acidity with the juicy fruit more prominent, still vegetal and stalky but with well-balanced tannins and a generous hit of oak.
As you can gather this didn’t end up down the sink and for £8.99 well worth buying but don’t drink it straight off give it a little time to evolve and you will be rewarded with a nice cheap Bordeaux.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
There is a lot of Rioja out there and finding a half decent cheap bottle is pretty hard although this Cepa Lebrel 2010 may well be the answer. It’s from Lidl’s who, in my opinion and from what I have tasted so far have a pretty good selection of cheap wines this one, which is also a Reserva, is around £5, very good value I’d say.
Not overly complicated but this looks, smells and tastes like a Rioja twice the price. Lovely garnet like colour with a rusty like tinge to the edge, smells aged, plenty of ripe mushy strawberries, slightly smokey and for me a Rioja must have a candle wax like aroma and this did, like sitting in an old church.
This is oaky perhaps a little too much for some but it did show some juicy fruit and acidity, full of strawberries, cherries with fairly mild tannins. My wife who tends to like white wines, not so much reds, is my monitor and usually tells it as it, pulling that face if she doesn’t like it but she did finish the glass which she doesn’t always do with red wine.
Don’t get me wrong there are far better Riojas out there but perhaps not many better at this price, it’s a fiver after all and it actually tastes like a good old-fashioned, old world Rioja.
My Rating 7/10 Corks