With Friday’s, not exactly wine friendly, chilli…
…Bin #001 Bobal. A bit difficult to judge when one’s taste buds are glowing with chilli heat but nevertheless this was a lovely bottle ( mostly enjoyed before and after the meal). Violets and spicy black cherry fruit on the nose. Dark plums, black cherry and a hint of liquorice on tasting. Light tannins provide structure and refreshing acidity and a smooth silky texture user friendly drinkability. It exceeded my expectations.
Had the same meal again on Saturday, this time, with a bottle of Rustenberg Stellenbosch Malbec 2018 ( on offer in Waitrose at £9 ). A perfectly well made wine that offered a lot of flavour for the money. However, I found its oak seasoned sweetly ripe black fruit flavours and light tannic structure a little ubiquitous. For my money ( usually £8 to £12 ), the wine could have come from anywhere south of the equator and it could have been produced from any number of grapes ( Cabernet, Merlot, Carmenere ). In a nutshell, they all taste the same to me !
No doubt, others might say the same about the fresh, medium bodied, red fruited wines I seem to prefer these days.
On Sunday with a Moroccan inspired chicken casserole ( no way is it a tagine ! )…
…was a delicious Ardeche Viognier ‘Gres Du Trias’ 2017 from Vignerons Ardechois whose weighty, yet refreshing, peach, citrus and apricot flavours matched and helped cut the powerful flavours in the dish. A winning combo and definitely the best pairing of the weekend.
Have a good week everyone.