It’s been way too long since the last Red Wine Wednesday
My dear readers, I apologise.
Especially seeing as my wine stocks
are were at an all time high.
So, without further ado, I give you 2010 Sinclair Estate Shiraz Cabernet.
I got this wine with a couple of cases of red from redeeming my credit card points. I know, what better reward for spending money! I did have to concede a set of saucepans for Jay (as she loves to tinker in the kitchen) and some new phones for the house as the old one was terrible, but I still managed to score at least 50 bottles of tasty red wine.
So, to get started
Presentation. Plain, unpretentious, a bit boring. Yes, come on, you can do better than this!
Appearance deep, rich, dark (but not too plumy, I guess that’s the Cab part of the blend)
Aroma (what’s the correct phrase here – bouquet?) – warm, a whiff of pepper, intense fruit, has a hint of the slight sweetness of the Cab
Taste smooooth! This is a very drinkable wine (aren’t they all?) – good enough for a posh dinner, but not so good you feel guilty about drinking it during the week (just as well really, it’s not even hump day yet – yes, I’m writing this early as I wanted, no needed a glass within 10 minutes of getting home). Anyway, back to the taste – tt’s got the peppery fruit of the shiraz and the sweetness of the cab in a good mix – both kinda even each other out and don’t overpower, which I think makes it perfect for just getting on with the drinking bit.
Aftertaste (what do you call this in wine lingo – finish?) – warm, almost syrupy but without the sweetness – plum and blackcurranty. Slightly spicy. Nice.
Verdict Good – not earth shattering ‘omg I should really have saved this for a firstborn son’ good, though, but perfectly respectable. If you took it to a dinner party, your hosts wouldn’t be disappointed. Unless they’re serving fish. You’d want to be eating red meat or at the very least a rich dark pasta.
7/10. (which is just as well, I have more in the cellar*.)
*wine rack in the corner