Clare Valley, South Australia
From the bottle
'...Family owned for 4 decades and 3 generations...This Shiraz from our founding range of wines displays seductive ripe berries and plum flavours perfectly balanced with enticing mocha and spice'
Price £11.99 (or £8.99 when two bottles brought in same offer category)
Here's a little fact for any of you that are planning a trip down under and for those of your who aren't, i'm still going to tell you anyway. Due to trademark restrictions in the northern hemisphere what we know was Wakefield Wines is actually called Taylors, which is the family surname, and said family were the first in Australia to use only screw caps.
The more eagle eyed of you would have noticed that I actually gave you two facts just then. I'm just that kind of caring and sharing person. However, even the less observant of you could see the plethora of medals adorning this bottle. Go on i'll give you a second to scroll back up and have a quick count.
There are nine of them. Nine shiny, circular displays of award winning glory. Certainly lulls me into thinking to must be a bloody good bottle of plonk, but is it? Mmm, it's ok.
Having a look at the wine in the glass it has purple hue (classic sign of a young wine) and has aromas of blackcurrant, dark fruits, violets and slight boiled jam.
Coming to the taste the blackcurrant and fruit holds well with some noticeable tannins and a splash of good old shiraz spice. A tad hot on the back of throat indicating a high alcohol content that hasn't been integrated to the best of its ability.
Rating - Scrape pennies together but only on lower price.
Yenda, South Eastern Australia
From the bottle
'Aromas: Strawberry, musk and freshly crushed grapes
Flavours: Fresh strawberries, candy floss and green apples...'
Price £5.99 (Available from Asda, Waitrose and Ocado)
Today there was a solar eclipse (which I did not manage to see) however, it was also the start of the astronomical season. That is to say that from now on the daytime is longer than the night.. huzzah! and it really did feel like the first day of spring.
The sun was out and I felt actual heat, so what better way to celebrate than with that most summery of wines, rose.
This pale salmon looking rose, smelt like strawberry bonbons and lemonade and tasted like it to. With a perfect amount of slight fizz, this sweet wine (made from Muscat grapes) is very easy drinking although the taste does leave the palate quickly and it feels pretty thin.
Definitely not a serious wine and only for those with a sweet tooth, but if that's you then this is a great choice to enjoy with friends at a (hopefully) sunny summer picnic in the park, as the lower alcohol means you (again hopefully...) won't get too tipsy!
Rating - Definitely worth scraping your pennies together
South Eastern Australia
From the bottle:
'This soft, medium bodied wine has notes of citrus and peach with a fresh, lingering finish - Enjoy with creamy pasta dishes'
Price Brought on half price offer. Usually £11.19 (Available from Budgens)
I will be honest with you all dear readers and say that I am currently more of a red wine drinker. I started my wine drinking days, many years ago, with white wine and then graduated through rose to red. I have to say though that it was probably less to do with the colour of the wine and more to do with the fact that I was drinking basically vinegar. So, I promise in the interest of fairness that I will rekindle my love for all colours, and what a better way to start than with this wine. The aroma of thise conjures up memories of fruit salad sweets., with hints of citrus. The taste lives up to delicious smell with a refreshing acidic finish. Soft with a lovely lingering finish just as the bottle suggests.
Rating If you see this on offer, then stop what you are doing and empty the shelves.
From South Eastern Australia
From the bottle:
'....our careful selection of grapes grown across the region has delivered wine with rich fruit flavours of plum and blackcurrant. Shiraz is a great food wine and this smooth, full bodied red has a warm spicy finish that is a great match for lamb and beef or tomato -based pasta dishes'
Price £7.99 (Available from Tesco, Sainsburys, Majestic Wine)
On the nose you get the spicy black pepper followed by the lovely fruity undertone of blackcurrants. Coming to the taste the spice is there as you would expect with a Shiraz with the fruit holding well. The acidity comes through slightly afterwards to balance. A medium bodied wine, with nicely rounded tannins.
Overall Rating - 7 Recommended