Welcome to my new feature, The Weekly Winedown where each week I selflessly drink wine for you and give you a little review.
Please don’t expect anything professional, I consume a lot of wine but I’m no pro.
The only real ‘rule’ I’m putting in place is that the wine is to be under £8 a bottle. #keepitclassy.
When I was younger, like up to my 20s, I always thought people drinking wine would usually have ‘guests’ round and be indulging in intellectual conversation and maybe even a tasty meal yet here I am in a pair of leggings (that may or may not be old maternity leggings) an oversized t-shirt and misshapen cardigan.
Wine isn’t glamourous and intellectual, it’s inclusive!
So here we are, week two and this week I will be swigging tasting another red, Brancott Estate Classic Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2012. £10.49* from Ocado.
I don’t know how the 2012 one differs from any of the subsequent years, you’d think if they thought they were on to a good thing they’d just follow the same recipe? Unless they haven’t got it quite right just yet and they’re still practicing?
Rich berry and dark fruit characters combine with subtle cedar and spicy oak complexity.
Intense flavours of plum and cassis fruit with underlying coffee, chocolate and leather.
Fresh fruit flavours combine with savoury tannin and oak characters to provide a long warm finish and persistent fruit notes.“
1) I don’t normally like New Zealand reds
2) I don’t like the label. I like a nice label, this looks a bit £3.99. But for you, dear reader, I’m removing all wine boundaries.
I’m never entirely sure what to expect when a wine claims to have a spicy bouquet or palate. In my head spicy either means curry or Christmas spices. As much as I love a good curry I don’t want my wine to smell of it. As for Christmas? I’d be over the moon if my wine smelt of Christmas!
Incidentally, any one reading this in Leeds should REALLY try a kebab from I am Doner, they’re immense. Not a dirty kebab but one you can eat with pride when sober. Slow cooked meats, cheese and pickled veg. One could almost argue they’re healthy.
Price – £10.49 (or £7 at Sainsbury’s)
Colour – Burgandy.
Smell – Like fruity swimming pools
Taste – Super sexy, tangy fruits and deep flavours. Gives that warm chest thing like Aftershock.
Overall score – 4/5 – I’d definitely get this again but only at 50% off. I’m a SAHM, not rich!
I still will though.What’s your favourite wine?
What shall I try next?