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When it comes to red wine there is simply a staggering choice. I am certainly no expert in the wine field but I tend to have an idea of what I like, I've been enjoying wine for over ten years and developed a taste for certain kinds. The only issue I have is that more often than not when I find a bottle I like, the next time I'm in the supermarket I have forgotten which one it was I last enjoyed. As a general rule I though I tend to go for Shiraz as it's more fruity and more to my taste than other varieties, that said I'm always willing to try something different.
Although I like Shiraz and it's my favourite sometimes I get a blend of Shiraz and something else. This is the case with this wine, Rhino Merlot Shiraz. I'm not really a fan of Merlot as it's usually a bit bland in my opinion but as this one was on offer and it also had Shiraz in I thought I'd give it a go. I got a bottle of this for £5 and I think it's usually closer to the £8 mark. This is one of those wines that is often on offer though at some of the bigger supermarkets.
So this particular wine, Rhine Merlot Shiraz comes in at 14.5%, so it's quite a strong wine, in fact that's pretty much as strong as it gets for a standard red. So how did it taste. Well at first taste I wasn't overly impressed, there was no explosion of flavour and nothing exciting going on in my mouth. However, after a few tastes it started to grow on me. Not really what I would call a very fruity wine but it does have some nice subtle flavours. I had this without any real food, but I imagine with a nice roast it would go down quite well.
The wine is quite heavy and I did find it going to my head quite quickly, a sure sign of how strong this one is. I think though that with a meal this would be a really nice easy drinking bottle of wine. For me though I tend to look for something a little bit more interesting, this was pleasant and inoffensive without really being anything special. If this was one offer again I might buy it, but there would be other ones I would go for before choosing this one again.
Overall then this is a decent enough bottle of wine without being anything to special. As it's not really that expensive I suppose it represents decent enough value and if you do enjoy drinking Merlot then I see no reason why you would not like this one.
WHAT IS IT?
A red wine that was released in 2011. For each bottle that is sold 10% of the profits will be donated to Save The Rhino to help conserve this species in Africa.
This red wine has a very full body and a beautiful multifaceted flavour. It is fruity and a little bit nutty as I drink it, the flavour is mainly of berries to me but my husband says he can taste a strong chocolate flavour in the wine that I cannot detect. It is a very rich wine and I think I might serve it with Christmas dinner this year because it tastes like it should cost a lot more than it does. The flavour is perfect and I can taste the rich and fruity after taste for quite long after I swallow. Rhino Merlot Shiraz is very smooth to drink and does not give me heartburn like a lot of red wines do.
WHAT I THINK
This is a new wine but it is one of my favourites already. I have served it at lots of dinner parties because it is a beautiful wine to drink with meat or spicy dishes. Most recently I served it with a lamb curry, my husbands curry had turned out spicier than it should have done and this wine made it much more palatable because it removed some of the heat.
I have used it occasionally to cook with and last week used the end of a bottle to add to Coq au Vin. This was very successful because this dish already features strong flavours but I think the Rhino wine has got too much body to try adding it to a recipe that had a weaker flavour because the key to cooking with wine is not to be able to taste the wine too much in the food.
It has got such a smooth and nice flavour that I can sometimes drink a lot more of this wine than I should. It contains 14.5% alcohol so is strong wine, it makes me feel very tired because of the strength and also upsets my tummy if I drink it too quickly. I have never drunk enough of this wine to get drunk because the deep flavour makes me worry that I will get a very bad head the next day so I avoid doing this. It is the type of wine where I like to moderate my consumption and have just a small glass in the evening.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Red and black fruit aromas, salami on the nose with a hazelnut finish hanging in the air. Slightly smoky with a marmite character on the palate and with a cool minty nuance. Our modern winemaking techniques give this wine ripeness, purity, succulence, depth and complexity on the palate. Merlot 60% Shiraz 40%. Serve with red meats, red sauce pastas, lamb, strong-flavoured cheese, and even dark chocolates.