One Chain ‘The Wrong’un’ 2013 Shiraz-Cab
February 3, 2015 § 2 Comments
As you know I am a cork dork, so one of my favourite things to do is walk down the aisles of various liquor stores and pick a wine solely on the quality of the label. Part of the reason I like to do this is because sometimes you hit a home run, where the beauty and attractiveness of the label are matched by what is inside. Sadly, this wine showed itself to be less than what the label promised, especially when you consider it gave itself an A+ for quality (bottom right of the label).
Tasting Notes Sipping: The colour is medium crimson with dark ruby in the center. The aromas are simple spicy red and dark fruits with some hints of oak. The palate is lighter than expected and featured many of the same flavours as were on the nose. This wine is pretty straight forward and not very complex, certainly not the complexity that is good to great value at $14.99.
Tasting Notes with Food: I had this with roasted Pork Tenderloin basted with a very simple, mustard & taragon mixture (the trick is to add some maple syrup so that you get some caramelization). The wine was over powered by the dish and it wasn’t because of the mustard. It seemed to shy away from showing itself.
Value: The value here is to save yourself some money and pick up either the Rosemount Grenache-Shiraz or trade up to Penfold’s Shiraz-Cabernet (previously reviewed).
Added Value: I’m not sure when this wine would shine best, perhaps as a BBQ wine.
More To The Story: Did you know that there have been numerous studies that show that 98% of people choose their wines based on the label? Certain colours convey different emotions. Classic ‘french’ style labels show higher perceived value. High contrast labels are primarily created for retail shops, whereas minimalist labels are ideal for the restaurant table. There is a ton of psychology that goes into each label, sadly, this, sometimes is at the expense of what is in the bottle.
Score: 5.8 – Dead Average
Service: Twist the cap and let it flow.
Grapes: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Store Section: Australia
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Available: BC Liquor Stores
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