The Unexpected Red 2016

unexpected-redBack to my local Co op and a bottle I’ve picked up off the shelf many times and always ended up putting it back. maybe it’s the slightly odd looking label (more like a crime novel or a poster for a play) or maybe the fact that it’s bottled in the UK shipped from Australia usually arriving bulk packed in large plastic bags which kind of loses the appeal and magic for me. Anyway, this time I decided to give it a try as I have heard good things about it recently and as it turned out the wine itself was, as the label says unexpected.

This is made by Andrew Peace wines in Murray Valley, Victoria,  Australia and as I said earlier bottled in the UK. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagrantino, Merlot and Tempranillo and a price tag of around £6.

Darkish ruby-red colour in the glass with a very fruity aroma namely raspberries and cherries with a hint of maybe something flowery in the background. On first sip the tannins were fairly noticeable along with a slightly jammy sweet cherry flavour, there was a hit of spice and earthiness but the alcohol was evident coming in at 14% and could catch up with you pretty quickly if not careful.

The four varietals seemed to marry together well with a new one for me Sagrantino unique to Umbria (Central Italy) which I can’t recall tasting before.

The trouble with this wine was how easy it was to drink, there was nothing offensive about it and I think a lot of people would enjoy it as it proved when my daughters friend who was around at the time and a non red wine drinker tasted it and thought it was in her words, nice.

So overall this was an OK wine and a wine I would not turn down if offered again, for £5.99 (£1 off at the time of buying) it’s pretty much what you would expect from the unexpected.

7corks

My Rating 7/10 Corks

Co op £6.99

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il cacciatore del tartufo 2008

il Cacciatore(450 x 600)Italy 13%

Does Italian food need Italian wine? not always but it somehow just seems right, think of those Mafia wise guys sitting in a restaurant napkins tuck in to their shirts sucking up Spaghetti with mamas special sauce and of course drinking red local wine. Or, maybe just sitting around the dinner table in a three bedroom semi eating pasta with the family, Italian red wine is a must.

After searching the wine rack I found a wine from Umbria Italy, the il Cacciatore del tartufo 2008 (the truffle hunter) a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon & Canaiolo.

So what was it like ? well, very dark in colour with quite pronounced heady aromas of ripe dark cherries, burnt rubber, liqourice and rich spices.

First taste fairly much imitated the smell, oaky, tannic, with flavours of liquorice, mocha and rich dark fruit which all hit you at once but with a slightly tart finish.
Did I like it? very much so, especially with food but I would quite happily drink it on its own. Left in the glass the tartness subsides a little making this a very enjoyable wine.

It’s a 13% ABV wine that tastes like a 14% but very easy to drink.

This was kindly given as a present and very nice is was too.

8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Avery’s wine merchant around £9