Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Hardy's 'Stamp of Australia' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

So I go into the store to select a wine to pre-drink with, pick one up that's advertised as being £5.29, get it scanned by the cashier and it's £8.67. Awkward, right? Anyway, I get it for £5.29 in the end.

Sweet deal? No, it's a Hardy's 2010 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon.  I always thought Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were mutually exclusive, guess not. But I can't take advice from a wine advertised on early evening television. Also, it's Australian. Awesome.

So we've got a classic screw top, "rich mulberry/cherry fruit, integrated vanillin oak and a soft finish."  Seriously, cherries? What is up with this. Cherries must just mean wine. Don't know what's up with the vanillin oak. I thought vanillin was like a chemical compound or something and oak's a tree. Weirdos.

So pouring this mystery into yesterday's wineglass we've got a nicer color, more purple, and it totally smells softer.  Doesn't have that gross bite like you're smelling salts or something.

No vanillin, oak, cherries or mulberry. Tastes like the bottom of a trash can. Like the remains of so many leftovers and vegetable peels just beginning to turn.  Doesn't even really taste of wine. This is gross. I should have picked up on the ambiguity of them not even knowing if it's supposed to be mulberries or cherries.

2010, 13.5%

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