|Wine||Angove ‘Vineyard Select’|
|Region||McLaren Vale – South Australia|
|Maturation||9 Months in American Oak|
Wine lovers, how are we all on this freezing cold Australian Winter’s night?
For those of you north of the equator, damn you. I would not mind some summer sun; if it’s only for a day.
Tonight I have a wine that I picked up from a recent tasting at the local liquor store we call Dan Murphy’s. Among their line-up, and the first wine on the list was this cheap little wine. At only $5.65, I just had to see what this wine was like. I have stated that 2014 M-Vale Shiraz has been pretty impressive, and I thought, well if this is semi decent, then why not just grab a couple of bottles. At close to five dollars, it was no big loss.
Colour: Dark plum, with a purple tinge.
Aroma: Rhubarb and cherry open up in this wine; with lashings of vanilla spice, liquorice root and soft touches of black pepper.
Palate: A soft and genuine Medium Bodied wine. Supple tannin eases this wine into a grandeur of red fruits. Cherry and red plum the stand outs. Hints of raspberry make their way on to the palate, however there is not too much influence from the oak, as the semi high alcohol content is where this wine gathers its weight on the palate. Never-the-less, a wine at this price is never going to get too much oak influence, as making and buying oak barrels is not cheap. So even though it doesn’t state it, I am guessing the American Oak barrels used in the making of this wine would be over 2 years old. Yet, nuances of vanilla poke on through as the finish tails off into plum and black pepper.
Personal thoughts: For a five-dollar wine… It’s not shit. Sure, it’s not something special either; but it’s pretty decent. Sure, it doesn’t promise, or delivers too much, but it doesn’t have too. What it is however, is a reasonably decent drink for a very good price. Not a wine to be truly enjoyed just by itself; I experimented having it alongside with a couple of different dishes. I concluded this wine works very well with pork and chilli. So Mexican food, and this wine is quite a winner. I found the chilli just managed to subdue the primary fruit drive that this wine has and actually allowed some spice and the black pepper on the palate to have more of a role, and thus, it rounded out this wine.
Drink: Now – 2020
The SA Wine Guy