Tag: shiraz

Lindemanss Shiraz 4.99

lindemansNow, Waitrose had a few bargains on over the last few weeks. One of which is the Lindemans Australian Shiraz, Bin 50, 2008.

From my point of view a standard however nice Shiraz. Founded by Dr Henry Lindeman in 1843, so the bottle, Lindemans has consistenly crafted award-winning wines. The Bin wines are true to Dr Lindeman’s philosphy of selecting the best grapes from premium wine regions. Screwcaps are used to guarantee feshness.

A full-bodied, well balanced wine with plum and spice flavour.

The website describes the wine as Australian Shiraz is one of the world’s most popular wine styles and this is a great example.

The Bin 50 has ripe generous fruit, a ‘cracked’ black pepper finish and a kiss of oak. Enjoy with barbecue-flavoured ribs, pasta bologne or firm yellow cheese.

For 4.99, reduced from I believe 7.99, an enjoyable wine. My wife prefers it much more than I do, however an honest Shiraz that you can have on a weekday in.

Excellent Wine – Sticks & Stones

D’Arenberg, which was established 1912, produces this outstanding wine: The Sticks and Stones.

I paid about £14 for it, but it got “Great Gold” ad the Concours mondial de Bruxelles 2007 and “Blue Gold” at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2008. sticksandstones The Sticks and Stones is a mixture of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Shiraz from the d’Arenberg winery in the McLaren Vale in Australia.

With 14.5% alcohol volume it is a heavy, first taste sourish but later very smooth dark red wine!
The bottle and website describes the name as coming from:
The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ The unusual and quirky names that d’Arenberg’s range of wines has never done the winery any harm. We also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.

The winery uses concentrated bunches of Tempranillo, Grenache and Shriaz and crushes them gently, in a rubber-toothed crusher, and ferments them in small batches in traditional headed-down open fermenters. The maturation takes place in French and American oak barriques for 12 months.

The wine has a youthful floral aroma of red rose buds plus cut flower stems, spiced fruit, stalks, violets and dried herbs (Oddbins). I find it a rather heavy body wine, with fruit jams, cranberries, plums, boysenberries and blackberries, dried fruits and tannins. It is, and my wife loved that, very juicy wine.

Definitely a must buy and highly recommended.

Wine for under a tenner: Hardy’s Nottage Hill

Ok, this week’s wine is not the finest and whilst I am not 100% sure, but I think I paid £5.99 at the most. Hardy’s makes wine for the mass market and I was reluctant to pick it up but with a big discount and two of my favourite grapes, I got myself a few bottles of Hardy’s Nottage Hill Shiraz Tempranillo 2006. Hardys Nottage Hill

Hardy’s Nottage Hill just had their 40th birthday, however Hardy’s makes wine for over 150 years. It is a full bodied wine, not too heavy, with aromatic fruit flavours of black cherry, plum and blueberry with rich chocolate nuances. It is very well rounded, my wife absolutely loved it. With 14% alcohol vol it is on the heavy side but I don’t really remember a light wine for a good while.

I was positively surprised about the value for money and the quality of the wine, knowing Hardy’s only from their cheap “one wine fits all” approach.

At time of writing it was going for £6.88 per bottle but I am sure you can pick it up cheaper if you wait for an offer at one of the bigger super markets. Nothing special but just a nice wine.