I was giddy!
Off to the LCBO I went with all the excitement that usually follows me when I get to go to a liquor store. Oh, P.S. a liquor store for me is the equivalent of shoe shopping for other women. You get to look at all the products, read a little, if you are lucky ask the staff about it, wander, linger, and there are sometimes samples! What more does one need?
I got there and got SO overwhelmed I wanted to leave, I HATE the LCBO, because everything is organized by country! Yes, I know, old news. Needless to say I told Cody to go find me something while I stood in the corner.
What country does he go to?
South Africa. Straight up the weirdest dude I know.
Not what I call a first pick when thinking of countries that produce wine. However, in no way was I complaining, because I was still in the corner trying not to have a mini panic attack or throw a tantrum like three year old Marisa. I pulled my shit together and away we went.
Review: The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2012
Varietal(s): Syrah 67%, Mourvèdre 31%, Viognier 2%
Appellation: Swartland, South Africa
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Price: $13.95 CAD
I always assume that I know nothing about most things, this way I look like an idiot less frequently. However, it still happens more then it should, ;). I had little idea of what this wine was going to taste like, which was fun because I had less predetermined judgments floating around in my head.
I have had all of the grapes that make up this blend on their own and had them similarly blended before but not from South Africa. I was in awe by the character of the nose when I first picked up my glass. The nose was like a entrée at a steakhouse, a gamey piece of meat seasoned with spicy pepper, and a light glaze of dark fruits.
First bite was delish, perfectly cooked one might say. The palate followed up with this soft opulence that I loved and light tannins were rounded out by a perfect acidity. The ripe dark fruits, spicy pepper, and oak undertone finish off this wine.
This is a bottle of wine that is full of character; bring this to a get together to impress your friends.
So I have been told by the two people that created me that I should add a dash of food pairings to my wine reviews. So this is how it will go: I am going to tell you what I was eating with this wine and possibly give a few ideas as to what I think you should give a try.
Wine pairing is a tough game, you have to trust your gut and not look at what the other guy are doing. So, if you do not like what I paired, pick something else out. Also, I cook at home and will be making pairing recommendations based on food I can actually make without pulling my hair out. And, I am lactose intolerant so cheese pairing are a little out of my purview, but if it were up to me I would eat only Parmesan until I died.
I drank this wine while enjoying a batch of test brownies for a blog post next week. It was yummy. Seriously, drink this wine, eat some brownie, sit on your couch, and watch a movie.
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