Category: Health – Food | Drink | Exercise

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Lindemanss Shiraz 4.99

Now, 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.

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Tempranillo Bonarda

At our recent visit to the London Borough Market, we bought a nice wine: Tempranillo Bonarda fromMendoza Argentina. Made by Villavieja, 2007, bottled by La Agricola, it is described as ruby/garnet in colour and exuberant blueberry and cassis aromas packed with black fruit flavours. I have to say that my wife and I absolutely loved that wine. I think we paid around £10 for it, however I googled it and found it for £5.90. That is London Borough market for you 🙁 The website says it is part of the Zuccardi Family. Another website suggest is being around £6. I guess not much more to find out about this wine. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture. Left to say that it is a very enjoyable wine.

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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008

I am getting very much into the Syrah wines. Robert Mondavi’s being my house wine. However, a wine I always ignored but finally had and enjoyed is the Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008. A South African Wine. Waitrose sells it for £6.64 and Oddbins offers the Porcupine Syrah Grenache for £9.99 which I need to try. An excellent red from the Franschhoek Valley made by a new-wave winemaker, says Waitrose’s website. It’s a truly handcrafted Syrah, fermented in small open-top tanks, and then aged in wooden barrels. The silky texture and full flavour make it a great wine on its own or enjoy with most red meat dishes.

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Wine for under £10 – El Esteco

Now you would know by now that I love Tannat grape juice, e.g. wine made of the Tannat Grape. So I had to try Marks & Spencer’s El Esteco Tannat 2008 for £5.99. A real bargain if you asked me. Normally the Tannat grape is associated with South West France, however Fabian Miranda has grown the grapes with a balanced tannic structure in Argentina. The grapes are grown in the Calchagqui Valley in the far north where the high altitude brings cold nights, which retains freshness and sunny days for the full flavour. Product Details reveal the Tannat grape as dry, 13.5% alcohol which is equivalent to 10.1 units per bottle. It’s clearly made with a UK palate in mind, with juicy, youthful berry fruit and chocolate. (Harpers Tasting Panel, August 2008).

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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. 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

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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. 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

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Wine – Cabernet Sauvignon Majella Coonawarra

This week’s wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon. My favourite grape 🙂 I wrote about Coonawarra wine before and it is a lovely wine region. The Majella Cabernet Sauvignon I got from Oddbins. It is now advertised for £16, I bought it for £15. However, it is not worth the money. Being a nice wine of course, but I wouldn’t say it is worth more than £10 at the most. There is nothing special about this wine from my point of view, just a decent, good but not extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. The Lynn Family’s Majella winery on the Eastern edge of the farmed Coonawarra “red stripe”, so it says on the bottle, and Oddbins says it is famous for producing elegant wines that are a world away from the turbo-charged styles of the Barossa. And, the wines of Majella are amongst this region’s finest. Method of Production (taken from Oddbins website): Carefully selected grapes were destemmed, crushed and placed in stainless steel tanks to start their fermentation. The wine was then transferred into French oak hogsheads to complete fermentation. After undergoing malolactic fermentation and maturing for 22 months oak barrels, 50% of which were new, the wine was filtered

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Wine for just over £10 – Glorioso Rioja

I have been careful with Rioja lately but my wife decided to pick the Glorioso Rioja from Oddbins. And, I have to admit, a good choice. It reminded her and me of our holiday in Spain where we had fabulous Rioja. Oddvins charges 11.99 unless you buy in dozens. This Rioja is made in a traditional style (they say) and tastes like a nice Rioja should taste: liquorice and dried fruits, round and persistent in the mouth with ripe tannis. I would call it a medium to dark bodied wine. It is of course made from the Tempranillo grapes and aged for 36 months, then afterwards for another 12 months in French oak barrels, hence the Reserva aspect 😉 With 13.5% it is a bit on the heavy side but I believe the 2003 wines from Spain are. I think this is definitely a wine we would buy again, with a nice Sunday roast or just with a few slices of cheese and jam, Serrano ham and olives. Just need some hotter weather 🙂

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Wine for under £10 – McGuigan BIN 736

This week’s wine, and this series must come to an end at some point, is about a blend that my wife likes: Shiraz Viognier. The Yalumba one is great, so I thought I try this one, McGuigan BIN 736 Shiraz Viognier, for £9.99 from Tescos. And, whilst it is not the sharpest blend, I enjoyed drinking it. Price wise, I would say it should be more in the £7.99 category. McGuigan vinery is based in Australia. The picture is not great but I quickly took it with the blackberry, apologies. Having a blend of white and red wine, e.g. a strong red, full flavoured wine with a small quantity of Viognier, lifts the re-berried aromas and softens the spice you get with a “normal” Shiraz. The wine is elegant and very much velvety in texture. The first taste was a bit sour but the more I had, the smoother it got 🙂 The Yalumba Shiraz Viognier is much nicer. Whilst around the same price mark, you get a better finish and a nicer taste from the beginning. Nevertheless, if you are into heavy wines like I am and your wife or partner isn’t, then this is a good compromise for

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