A bit late posting this but just had to share quickly before I forgot! I’ve long been a fan of Nederburg’s wines having been introduced to them by a friend who moved here from South Africa. It’s a massive company producing mainstream wines. Generally average price and well worth every cent. This particular wine really just popped into my line of sight recently. I had tasted the Shiraz’s, the Cab’s and the Winemaster’s line but this one seemed frankly too cheap to be true.
This 2015 56 Hundred line is a blend of Shiraz and Cab Merlot, which is pretty routine for Nederburg and it would appear it is for the value conscious and really just a quick and easy wine to serve in a group on a patio. Nothing big about it really but a solid taste for a backyard gathering. It was leathery and earthy and dark cherry-ish – nothing unexpected here, but the price.
So if you are looking for an 11 buck wine that packs a decent punch this is the one I’d grab in heartbeat. Click here for Nederburg’s flashy site!
Honestly until I checked my twitter feed over the last couple of days I would have never known there was such a thing as Garnacha Day or Grenache Day. You say tomato….
Apparently in 2010 there was a Garnacha conference and it was so decided that the 3rd Friday in September would become an international garnacha/grenache day! Screw those silly Beaujolais Nouveau drinkers and their 3rd November Thursdays, this shall be in the fall! And warm! Down with Gamay and up with Garnacha/Grenache!!!
I am a victim of marketing and peer (twitter) pressure so I rushed out and bought myself a Garnacha to partake in this “event”. I also did some reading on the “day” and the grape itself. Little did I know I had long been a fan. I had (because wine seems to always be in the past tense) quite a few Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape over the years. It was a birthday ritual that somehow ended about 5 years ago (Note to Self: Start this up again). I also have a nice Languedoc bottle waiting for the right day (which wasn’t yesterday).
So in the rush to grab a bottle I really didn’t spend much time looking around I literally grabbed the first one that I saw and it happened to be a $12 bottle of Borsao. Nothing special for sure, but above the label was a rating that is was a great value wine! Regardless there are so many better wines out there this was more to partake in the day rather than to experiment with better qualities. I can do that some other time. So off I went and grabbed some Spanish themed charcuterie for the event.
All in all even though it was a lower end Garnacha it was fun, very berry-like and sort of smoky. I enjoyed it with the meats and would grab it again for a BBQ or pizza to be honest. Good fun, I’ll have it again before next September!
I have many friends from PEI, I have many friends who have been to PEI, heck even I have been to PEI and not ever was I aware that there was a vineyard let alone several vineyards on the island. So, the fact that a friend recently brought me a Matos Winery Gamay Noir was a bit weird. Maybe I should have known about this. Maybe I also shouldn’t have bought that Duran Duran album way back when, but one learns.
Man oh man, did I ever get a surprise upon opening this one. I love Gamay almost as much as Pinot Noir. Hell, I even spent a ridiculously expensive year of highschool in Lyon which allowed me countless Beaujolais tours (maybe not countless but certainly enough that I can’t remember). This was by far the most surprising Gamay I have had. Honestly I had no expectations given what (obviously) little I knew about the Island of red sand, brilliant oysters and Anne of Green Gables. I thought of it as a novelty, a bottle my friend bought to simply say “Hey you like wine and I was on PEI so here is a gift.” Like a snowglobe from Vegas or something.
Alas, like most things in my life, I was wrong.
This was a really fun Gamay. A bigger Gamay than I am used to, but really quite nice. Earthy big cherry flavours and a bit leathery, in the good sense, not the worn glove sense. I’d truly buy this if I were able to in my province. The local Gamays in my corner of the earth are beautiful but this has a very noticeable difference. It’s not stronger in alcohol but it is indeed bolder.
Well done PEI, sorry for my assumptions! Website: Matos Winery
I have yet to find a Spanish wine that doesn’t just blow me away every time. Honestly I’d be pleased to find a crappy one but I haven’t. That’s not to say that they are the best in the world, simply that value-for-money a Tempranillo rarely lets you down. This one was in the 13 dollar range (CDN). nothing exquisite or elitist about it, just a pure dark berry flavour, woody and lightly spicy. That’s it. 7 years old, aged for a year and a half in oak. It’s actually weaker than I had figured it would be and after having read about the 2007 it makes sense. I’d rate it as a “Buy Again” and will do so. It’s quirky enough to have with unassuming guests and Ramones playing in the background. Yep, that’s how I’d sum it up.
Note: I have absolutely no clue why the “7 Years” is in quotations. If I find out the update will be here.
Here is their pretty slick website with a video explaining their wines and process…. ANCIANO WINE