“ Brand: Arniston Bay / Type: Wine / Variety: Shiraz / Country: South Africa „
This was one of many bottles of wine which my husband and I accumulated over Christmas as gifts from various friends and family. They know we like and drink red wine and therefore we had quite a few bottles bequeathed over the festive period - not that we are complaining.
I generally do like a decent Shiraz although in general I am not a big fan of South African wines, we tend to drink a lot of Spanish, Italian and Australian red wine in our house and wines from SA are not my forte in terms of knowledge or experience, but we gave this a go with an aubergine curry the other night and were pretty impressed.
The label claims summer fruits and chocolate to be the notable flavours and whilst I could totally get the summer fruits claim there was no chocolate trace at all for me, in either the scent or the flavour. This is a great all rounder of a wine, not too heavy or strong and great with food. Ideal with something like a curry because it does not detract from the strong flavours but at the same time is bold enough to remain vivid with each mouthful in conjunction with a strong food.
This is ideal as a middle of the road red and especially to have with a meal, I would advise that you make sure it is at room temperature before serving as my second glass seemed much smoother and rounded than my first due to the difference in temperature.
You can pick this wine (and others from the Arniston Bay range) in most supermarkets for around the £5 mark. Personally I would not go out of my way to buy it but as a gift it was very enjoyable indeed.
When it comes to wine I have to admit to knowing nothing really about the stuff. I'm not a huge fan of it, particulary of a red wine but I purchased this just before Christmas for my Step Father to take with me for the festivities but it never got consumed because he had so much alcohol already in the house and so I held on to it and decided one night with a meal and a film I would try it out, which happened to be the other night.
The bottle is dark green and glass with a screw on/off black cap to the top of it and it has a purple and white label to the front of it and on that we are told that it is 'Fine Wine Of South Africa', Arniston Bay, Shiraz, 2009. On the white label at the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the wine, that it is 75cl in size and 14% alcohol and that there is 1.8 units in a 125ml serving, ingredients are given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed.
A Bit About The Wine According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Bottle:
This is a complex yet juicy Shiraz with black summer fruit aromas on the nose. Raspberry and chocolate flavours combine on the palate with well integrated oak.
This wine has good structure but soft tannings leading to a smooth finish. Enjoy this Shiraz with chilli con carne or barbequed meats.
Capturing Arniston Bay's carefree spirit, the charming fishing village of Arniston near Africa's most southerly point, provides the inspiration for this truly versatile wine.
The Wine Itself:
Well the wine in colour is a dark and a rich velvety looking dark red, full bodied in its appearance giving off a really alocoholicy smell with a woody and slightly fruity one...interesting in fragrance this really is.
To me though this is a harsh tasting wine. Very sour indeed, creates indegestion and lingers in the mouth flavourwise for ages after you have drunk it.....sourly. For a wine that is meant to taste of some sort of fruits and chocolate I can't taste that at all and that isn't saying at all that it is vile cos actually its a really sour but warming wine probably best served with food however it did nothing for me apart from give me indegestion and a migraine after drinking it and to be although rich in flavour it simply wasn't my cup of tea! Maybe I'm not posh enough but I expected a bit better for £7.50 a bottle (in Asda and all good supermarkets and off licenses).
This to me is a dinner wine, best served at room temperature and in moderation. Not at all sweet but naturally enough so it has a woody taste that I don't want to have ever again really lol.