My dad, in his infinite wisdom, thought that if I was not to be a wine snob, I should review one of the cheapest wines he could find me in the supermarket… so last week he brought home a £3.39 bottle of (simply named) ‘Australian red wine’.
On Sunday evening, after my mum had baked a delicious olive loaf (needless to say, I keenly tore off a slab to dip in balsamic vinegar and olive oil), we decided to give it a try.
Whilst the smell was pleasantly spicy, the taste was pretty sharp and acidic, making me swallow quite quickly. The aftertaste, however, was somewhat pleasant with the sweetness of red berries left behind. On second tasting, a lot of the bitterness had gone away and the rest of the glass proved to be rather enjoyable.
The label describes this wine as ‘a smooth, medium- bodied red with berry fruit flavours’. While I wouldn’t exactly use the term ‘smooth’, and I have yet to pin down exactly what berry I can detect, at that price, for easy drinking alongside a spag bol, you can’t really go wrong. While it isn’t the greatest wine I’ve tasted, I have certainly tasted worse for double the price.
Cheap and cheerful!