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.
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
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