Ok, so these were again served up blind, without me seeing the bottles. First the two reds:
From theMargaret river area of South Western Australia. The grapes from this wine come from 2 of the top sub-regions of Margaret River - Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe. A big one at 14.5% alcohol.
The Look: A deep red/purple, lightening at the rim.
The Smell: Nice blackberry and bluberry hints. Spice.
The Taste: Funnily enough, like a very ripe Shiraz! Plenty of plums, berries and spicy hints. Lovely. Not much tannin, one to be drunk young I think. Washes over your tongue with loads of fruit.
The Score: Good, ripe Aussie Shiraz. Well done.. 7.5/10 Recommended
VFM: at the case price of £5 a bottle it gets an excellent VFM = 1.5, but if the true bottle price of £10 is to be beleived, then it gets a reasonable VFM = 0.75. Snap it up while it's still a Fiver!
From the Central Valley area of Chile. Part of the Carolina Wine Brands group. 12.5% alcohol.
The Look: A mid red, very seethrough, looks fairly light. Almost white at the rim.
The Smell: Nice plummy hints. Hints of Bordeaux.
The Taste: Red berries through and through. Plummy, very slightly sour aftertaste. Light and easy, plenty of fruit.
The Score: Reasonable Merlot here. Quite run-of-the-mill but very drinkable. 6.5/10
VFM: at the case price of £5 a bottle it gets a very good VFM = 1.3, BUT it's currently on offer for £4 giving an excellent VFM = 1.63.
And now the two whites...
From the same winery as the Merlot above. 12.5% alcohol.
The Look: A pale, crisp, whitish yellow.
The Smell: Lime, citrus and grass. Familiar Sauv Blanc.
The Taste: Not much tropical fruit here, just pure steely lime acidity and minerally. Delicate. Refreshing but leaves a less pleasing finish of sourness.
The Score: We've had better examples and I was expecting more fruit from a Chilean Sauv Blanc. Mediocre but some enjoyment. 5.5/10
VFM: Good value for money at VFM=1.1, but I would recommend you looking for something else.
Medal winning stuff here, from Bordeaux.
The Look: Slightly lighter than mid-yellow.
The Smell: A whiff of citrus, tropical hints and grass. Even smells "dry".
The Taste: Dry. Seriously dry. Steel. Lime. Tropical. Very zingy and refreshing but restrained fruit, only subtle hints of flavour above the zesty acidity.
The Score: Good. 7/10
VFM: at the case price of £5 a bottle it gets an excellent VFM = 1.4, but if the true bottle price of £10 is to be beleived, then it gets a reasonable VFM = 0.7. Snap it up while it's still a Fiver!
Okey doke, so there's part 1 of the tesco case done. Next time around part 2 of the Laithwaites case.
Semi-blind tasting continues...
So as I said in my previous post, I'm trying to develop my blind tasting skills. D serves them up at random, with bottles hidden from view and I have to guess at the
- Grape type
- Country or Region
- Alcohol level