McPherson’s Full Fifteen
(£9.99) has a nose of apples and tropical fruits, with a very nice palate that’s full bodied and nicely textured. Buy one of these and enjoy a lot of it.
Also from South Eastern Australia, I had Moonstruck’s Chardonnay, Viognier and Marsanne
(£9.99). Viognier and Marsanne make typically southern Rhone style, and here, there was definitely a nod towards it (albeit with a tropical influence). This was reasonable, but really needed food to balance it out.
By comparison, Riversong’s Carmenère 2017
(£9.99) was instantly quaffable. Carmenère is a grape that started off life in Bordeaux but migrated south to Chile where it’s now far more commonplace. This had ripe black fruits and a bit of herby depth to it. Very drinkable for an ‘at home’ go to.
When I was 18 or 19 and first getting into red wine, I drank a lot of cheap, supermarket Chilean Cab’ Sav’. There’s something easy about it for a newbie to wine: big, dark, oaky, smoky, residual sugar, black fruits. It felt like a natural evolution from Robinson’s Apple & Blackcurrant.
Unlike the old Chilean Cab’ Sav’, however, Groote Kaap is far more balanced and structured. Deep blackcurrant, but not cassis. Warm and peppery, but not obnoxiously alcoholic. This is very good value & a big tip for anyone who likes hearty reds.