As many of you know, Ozzie likes a good red, as in shiraz! Each month we share experiences of the current tastings in the regular threads entitled "Ozzie's Wine of the Month". Not always has the Wine of the Month made it to the Most Recommended list. Remember back in February we had news of a Margaret River (WA) shiraz that was not recommended? :
It seems part of human nature that we have more intense memories of what we don't like (like the Borg??) than the pleasant experiences. So, how about you? What's the WORST red wine you've tasted? No, I don't include those "home bews" that the Italians and others like to make!!! But the commercial wines. Here's my all-time distasteful red wines:
In second place is, perhaps surprisingly, a Rosemount wine. It's what is known as a "blend", somewhat cheaper in price and bears a purple label. This is not to be confused with the Rosemount Shiraz with the black label which is definitely on the recommended list.
Here's what the "purple label" looks like and what the winery say about blends:
Everyday wines made from single grape varieties can sometimes lack front, middle or back palate flavour or structure. However when carefully blended the strengths of the individual characters within a selected pairing can successfully balance one another.
And the winner is:.... In first place of Ozzie's worst reds is: What can I say? This wine which is exported to the UK is also offered at the tables of top hotels in Oz. You know the Wine List that has the "cheapie" to persuade the diner that you would be a cheapskate to buy it and so steers you onto a dearer bottle! The winery makes the following claim:
Nottage Hill is one of Australia’s leading brands, with a reputation forged over 30 years for consistently producing high quality, flavoursome and reliable wines. Consistency of style and quality has long been Nottage Hill’s greatest attributes, and this release continues a fine tradition. Premium parcels from Australian wine producing regions have been selected to endow the wine with soft fruit flavours and a firm structure. Twelve months maturation prior to blending, fining and bottling has further added to the wine’s quality.Frankly, my experiences with this drop have all been bitter, and I don't mean that figuratively! My advice: Treat it as you would as a Dub offering a "free" home Bible study! You get the idea? That's right, steer clear! Spend a bit more and taste "the real thing". So, what's your WORST red? Do tell. Cheers, Ozzie