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Weekly Winedown #26 KWV Big Bill Red

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.

It’s been a funny old fortnight.

Winedown was cast aside last week as we took a family trip to the theatre for my Dad’s birthday.
He is a big fan of ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ so off we trotted to watch that.


The acting was good, and the story was intense but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
It was harrowing.

On a Friday night, rather sober, I cried!

It was not the feel good tale I had been led to believe it would be but it was nice to spend time with my family.
Sitting in a theatre.

This last week I have been trying to wade through the backlog created by Seth’s being ill and the internet being down for almost a week. It’s been particularly arduous given that Y, U, H, J, N and M have decided to only work sporadically.

Hey ho, let’s go.

The wine this week hails from South Africa, KWV Big Bill Red, on offer at £6.49 a bottle.

The Label

Red, black and white. My colour scheme of choice. The label is busy, part hand drawn and lots of text. The text tells the tale of the legend of Big Bill. Wrestler, war hero, rugby player and GM of KWV, wine producers. It doesn’t really say WHY he is a legend, aside from being a great multi-tasker and all rounder. That’s OK though, I’m sucked in.

The Blurb

“A bold red blend with upfront strawberry, cherry and mulberry aromas with hints of peppery spice and dark chocolate. The silky tannin structure is complemented by sweet fruit that contributes to the long, lingering finish.”

I’m going to confess, I don’t know what a mulberry smells like. I just know that in the olden days they used to go round one. On  cold and frosty morning.

Peppery spice and chocolate is something to look forward to.

The Verdict

Well, if that’s what a mulberry smells like I am a fan. The scent is sweet but not sickeningly so. It is a really lovely, soft smell. I would buy a candle that smelt like that.

The taste, the very first taste has a bitter edge, this is no bad thing. The sweet fruit and deep spice blend beautifully. The wine is so smooth, absolutely perfect for snuggling under a blanket on a cold winter night.

I really need to get me a log cabin with an open fire somewhere it snows.
Only the fresh stuff though.
No slush.

This is certainly on a par with the 19 Crimes wine.

Name – KWV Big Bill Red
Price – £6.49
Colour – Dark, deep like velvet.
Smell – Sweet with a hint of spice.
Taste – Bitter start but smooth, fruity and warm.
Goes well with – Winter and open fires.
Overall score – 4.5/5 near as damnit perfect.


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