From the bottle
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were picked from a select small vineyard located at the Judean plain. A rich fruity bouquet with hints of cherries, plum and a touch of mint accompany the oak and eucalyptus flavours. This full bodied wine benefits from soft tannins that contribute to its roundness on the palate. THe maturing of this wine in French oak barrels add complexity.
Price £13.99 (Available from Budgens and Tesco)
As a non Jewish person, the only time I remember noticing Kosher wine was when I was buying a bottle of two buck chuck from Trader Joes (a liquor store in America) and they were giving out samples. I don't think I took a sample as I was too concerned with getting my 2 dollar buzz on and that was that.
So when I noticed some in my local supermarket, I was all intrigued. What type of soil do they have in Israel? How does the weather affect the grapes? So, of course I had to buy the bottle.
Primary aromas of plums and black cherry, with a background of herbaceous characters. Eucalyptus, wet leaves and an overall forest smell could be noticed, which I didn't find particularly pleasant, but it wasn't off putting.
Dark fruits were tasted on the palate with slight tannins and a bit of heat, although overall it is well rounded and smooth.
I would probably give this wine a rating of wouldn't turn down a free glass, only because I feel there are probably better wines out there at this price point to scrap your pennies together for. Although if you do particularly require a Kosher wine, then this would be a good choice.
Western Cape, South Africa
From the bottle
Style - This rich, supple red displays flavours and aromas of spicy red and black berry fruits, together with a touch of vanilla oak, to give a vibrant red wine with a long, smooth finish
Serve - This deeply fruity wine is soft enough to enjoy on its own or...(with)...steaks, chops, sausages and other grilled meats
Price £9.99 brought on offer for £4.99. (Available from Budgens)
With a little elephant on the label this wine seems quiet fun on the shelf and urges me to pick it up. I do, and on the back I find that it is South African. Regular readers will know that I am not a big fan of SA wines, they just feel a little unrefined or something, but I am on a self proclaimed mission to find at least one bottle I like, and as such off to the till I pop.
Once safe at home, and poured this wine gives off aromas of black fruit, spicy pepper and oak. So far so good. I take a sip and am disappointed with the lack of fruit. It feels as if the grapes were picked a tad too early and therefore not given enough time to fully develop in flavour. Smooth tannins are observed however the mouthfeel is thin, and it is slightly too hot (i.e. you can notice the alcohol)
Rating Wouldn't turn down a free glass