Back 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.
My Rating 7/10 Corks
Co op £6.99