What could be better than being asked to taste two high-quality wines? Three bottles of wine? Or maybe a craft beer tasting – hopefully another time? And it was lovely to be asked to taste wines from France and Australia – two of my favourite holiday destinations with many happy memories.
I find drinking wine, especially a few glasses, can evoke memories of happy, lazy, sunny summer days in foreign lands. It also makes me think of music, which could be playing in the background, but more of that later. Wine drinking is one of life’s many great pleasures.
These are two very different wines. One is white and one is red – I am a bit of a connoisseur.
First up is a Petit Chablis 2014, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet. As I try not to drink on my own too much these days I am sharing this with my wife. I do prefer white wine and this is a particularly fine drink.
Very pale in colour, it has a bouquet of lemons, limes and gooseberry – fruity and zesty, cheeky without being impertinent. It complemented my wife’s paella excellently – the crisp, mineral tones ideal with the hot chorizo and prawns. Paella is my wife’s speciality – she is from Middlesbrough after all.
I was not a big fan of Chablis, finding it a bit characterless, but I find this fine Petit Chablis delicious – a cool, refreshing and vibrant wine, conjuring up images of a balmy French evening eating al fresco with maybe James Taylor’s Fire and Rain in the background? Something laid back and timeless. I would definitely buy this wine – delightful.
The second wine, a Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2014, is a great name for a wine for starters, especially if you say it in an Aussie accent. This is a huge wine, as someone says, being 14.5% – a strong, dark, opulent wine. Opening it unveils aromas of plum and blackberry – possibly pencil shavings? It smells smooth somehow and certainly tastes smooth – not dry like some robust reds.
In the mouth it reveals even darker fruit flavours with an undercurrent of dark chocolate and hot buttered toast. Very, very drinkable – warm and tasty. We drank this with a Guinness and beef casserole – one of my rare forays into the kitchen. It went well with the stew on a cold English evening, but took you away to Perth or Freo at the end of a bright sunny day with friends.
We were no longer indoors behind double glazing but sitting outside round an azure pool, under shade with long sun-cast shadows, and laughter and music – Perfect Day by Lou Reed or even ACDC playing TNT, the tune that the Fremantle Dockers run out to! A velvety, strong wine with a lot of taste and complexity. Again delicious, and highly recommended.
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