weekly winedown

Weekly Winedown #21 Jam Shed Shiraz.

Welcome to the Weekly Winedown. Each week I selflessly drink wine for you and offer a 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.

October has arrived!

This excites me so much.

I’m not the hugest fan of autumn and winter but the glimmer of joy and hope that is Christmas nestles amongst them so I can tolerate them.

Now that it’s October I’m allowed to start getting giddy and making lists.
I warn you now but make no apologies that for the next three months I’ll be a bit Martha Stewart, without the criminal record.

I’ll be making, baking, singing and watching trashy festive made for TV films.
I’ll be like a pig in poop.

Until then, let’s say G’day (for that’s what all Australians say) to Jam Shed Shiraz.

£7 a bottle (though I believe it can be bought for £6 in many establishments) and hailing from the New South Wales region of the land down under.

I’m going to put it out there.
This wine is the most beautiful looking thing to come out of Australia since the Koala!

Yes, this wine is visually stunning.

The Label

I’ve said before that I have been known to choose wines based on label alone. This is a fine example of me doing just that.
The label is a gorgeous China blue background with cream, burgundy and gold detail.
It has a real vintage vibe to it, like those lovely advertising tin signs you can buy from the olden days.
It literally is the most wonderful label.
I would probably buy ANYTHING with this label on, even liver.

The blurb

The only downside to the label is the sheer amount of writing on the back. The complete history of the manufacturer.
Taking it down to just the important bit though
“…this medium sweet shiraz is jam packed with rich, opulent, sweet red berry flavours balanced with a subtle hint of vanilla and spice…”

The description is talking the talk but will it walk the walk?

I need to point out that due to the name, I am fully expecting to chew this wine.

Tonight was a good winedown, instead of doing the video via YouTube I did an ‘interview’ style Facebook Live so I got to ‘enjoy’ this wine with a lovely friend of mine. Erica from The Incidental Parent

The company talked the talk but the wine didn’t walk the walk.
It did provide all it said it would.
Sweet red berries and vanilla.
The texture was smooth and chocolatey and the wine was thick (you know I hate a thin wine) but it failed to deliver.
It was really sweet, like actual jam.
I’ll admit that as we talked and drank it got more palatable but it was far from what I had hoped.

I am going to keep the bottle for the beauty but suggest this wine would mostly be enjoyed by a white wine drinker.

Name – Jam Shed Shiraz
Price – £7
Colour – Deep red, full of promise.
Smell – Smooth and vanilla-y
Taste – Sweet, thick and jammy.
Goes well with – Good company
Overall score- 2/5 for the wine. 5/5 for the company.

If you missed Erica and I drinking wine and yakking, you can watch it here 
I would also strongly recommend you read her blog here, follow her on facebook here and on Twitter here.


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