Thursday, 30 May 2013

Keep calm and drink wine

If I was a wine, I wouldn't be caught dead in this label.

Forgive me, but if this isn't one of the most unappealing labels I have ever seen then I don't know what.

Please don't throw stones just yet! Let me explain!

I'm not usually one to judge a book by its cover. The same goes for wine labels. In fact, when choosing a wine, I like to think I'm objective (ha!). 

Even so, there are certain cues I look for: variety, vintage, region, producer and price point (that's in no particular order).

But on this very occasion, I did the dirty thing. 

I judged the wine by its label.

But! Lesson learnt...

Turns out the wine - a 2009 Shiraz from Western Australia - is damn delicious. Medium in body, ripe with raspberries, plentiful spice and soft tannins. This is a moreish wine that boasts far more potential than to be called a 'picnic wine', as the label suggests.

Not that there's anything wrong with picnics, of course -  I'd be very happy to down this wine at a picnic in the summer time, perhaps some Sandie Shaw singing her way in the background. Come to think of it, that sounds somewhat perfect.

The wine is made by Whitfield Estate - a winery in Denmark, Western Australia. You can stock up on your winter reds and other vinous delights at their website, here. Another bonus is that all wines are relatively cheap. Lovely.

Happy drinking.

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