Cheap wine does well….Does well indeed. ….Well at letting me explain why cheap wine is…. well you know… cheap!
I can’t completely bag this wine though, and there is a couple of reasons why that is the case.
Reason number one:
The wine actually displays a pleasant nose. ‘Though, there is really no complexity on the nose, (plum and vanilla, that is where it ends). This is not a completely terrible thing. Although it is simple; it actually displays fruit and oak, and in the world of wine, that is good. Really terrible cheap wine, you might find the smell of bitumen and kerosene and that is all shit.. Oh yeah also, it might smell like shit. Literally!
Reason number two:
It’s Drinkable. This is where I can elaborate on cheap wine. This wine relies on its oak to drive it along. However, we get tart fruit on the palate that is only bought up to speed by the oak, which gives an essence of vanilla to the wine and sort of adds sweetness to almost nothingness. Also, in addition, something not associated with Barossa Shiraz; you will find pepper on the finish.
It was hard to piece it together, and that is purely because this wine falls flat. Flat on its face like something you’d find on an epic vines fail compilation. As quick as it starts it’s all over in a flash. There is nothing special at all about this wine, and it does everything it needs to do in helping me explain why cheap wine is so cheap. A wine that can not carry it’s finish is not a good wine. Although you might think “well it tastes alright”, when it comes to wine, a good wine will leave a lingering finish. This one does not. It’s a matter of drink, then, tart plum fruit, Oh vanilla then in a total of half a second pepper….. and… Oh…. It’s gone. Game Over!
To elaborate: A good wine leaves its mark. Finish is so important behind the great wines and is often overlooked by those who do not really appreciate what makes great wine. Here comes my ponce mode. Have you seen the movie Inception? If not, I shall not ruin it for you, but it does help me explain something. Great wines make you think about them. They pose questions and require some intelligence in solving their puzzles. This alone separates the simpletons to the elites.
A decent wine needs to have these things:
- Prominent nose: – What smells do we find in the glass, how many of the characteristics to the grape variety front up on the nose?
- The Colour: – Sometimes colour alone can entice you to want to know more.
- What story does it tell you? This is the most interesting and important part. Go to any wine tasting, and instantly you will notice the novices. They are slamming back glass after glass of wine. All the while thinking; “well; damn this is good. Tasting wine and not paying for it.” I hope this bit I’m about to tell you alone explains why you are a damn fool if this is the way you look at wine. Please take your time when drinking a wine. The nose can tell you so much about the wine. The conditions, the temperature during the course of the year, its terrior. Oh yes that word has popped up again, but is so significant. Wine is a puzzle, and a good wine wants you to solve it. A great wine wants you to think so hard about how it has come to be and what it is, before it sticks a middle finger right up in front of your face.
- Then the the finish: – What flavor does it leave behind and how long does it sit on the palate? What do you get on the end? This comes back to me making a mention of cheep wines falling short of the mark. You don’t want it in the bedroom, and you sure as hell don’t want it in your wine either.
I shouldn’t really slam this wine; because, for your $7.00, you indeed might only get what you pay for, but then, it knows exactly what its job is, and that is not be drunk as a wine, but to served to compliment food. It will do that job and a reasonable job at that. Duck and a majority of red meat dishes will go well with this wine by its side.
Don’t try cellaring it, it’s not worth it, and it doesn’t have the legs to go into the future. Definitely a drink within the year wine.
It scores a 70/100
The SA Wine Guy