Nothing makes a sportsman look better than when he’s not playing for his team when they get a shellacking. Nothing makes the Laborie 2017 Merlot taste better than drinking the Laborie Cab 2017 right after drinking the Laborie Cab / Merlot 2017. It’s not unpleasant but lacks all the softness and subtlety of the blend.
Picked this up for a whopping R28 thanks to Pick n Pay’s wine club. Normal retail price is R35, which is probably fair. You don’t get Michelin starred food if you pay Ronald McDonald prices. Let’s leave it at that.
Solid performer. Stats may have been enhanced as a result of being in this month’s 20% off Pick & Pay Wine Club selection.
Another closing time panic buy (see previous entry). A snip at R20, which, even against a Brexit ruined GBP, is cheaper than an English newspaper and less likely to depress you (doesn’t have a crossword though). Slightly tart, but still very drinkable. Wouldn’t pay more than R30 a bottle, but considering that’s 50% more than […]
Pinotage/Merlot/Cab blend. A bit tart and tanniny (yes that’s a proper wine term). Reminds me of an episode of Bottom where they name a cocktail “The Esther Rantzen” because it pulls your lip back over your gums.
I’m giving the grapes 10 out of 10 because I know a Northern Cape grape farmer who supplies Colombard to Orange River wineries and he’s a lot bigger than I am. Other than points for being so easy drinking it will probably drink itself for you if you ask, its nothing too remarkable.
Cheap as chips, and like the aforementioned chip, makes for an affordable partner to simple food, but might be out of place with fine cuisine. Unlike chips, it tastes quite grapefruity and crisp though.
Cheap and easy, warm and breezy. By no means a breathtaking wine, but well-prices enough to induce a sharp intake of air. Juicy berries all round.
Whispered sweet nothings into its ear, seduced it into joining me for dinner, forgot about it by morning. I have vague recollections of smoothness and inoffensiveness but nothing too special.