The Bernard Series – Basket Press Syrah (Episode 194 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste another Shiraz or Syrah from the Cape of South Africa.

This time we try The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah.

Compared to the wine we tasted in part one we really enjoyed this one full of flavour, just the right balance of alcohol tannins and fruit – thoroughly recommended!

In terms of price this wine cost £14.25 at the time of writing and is available from Sainsbury’s.



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Stella Organics Star Catcher Shiraz (Episode 194 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste Shiraz wine from South Africa.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste an organic Shiraz, the Stella Organics Star Catcher.

Grown on the semi-arid landscape of the Western Cape the grapes are subjected to the hot midday sun followed by chilly nights helping to give the wine it’s taste profile.

The wine has a little purple in it’s colour.

On the nose, it smells of Cherries and John M detected some blackcurrant.

On the taste, the blackcurrant was not so obvious but the cherry was still very much there.

John M felt the wine was slightly light which made it “juicy” but not a wine to sit down to and enjoy, more of a wine to enjoy while chatting to friends.


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Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine (Episode 153)

Drinking a wine one evening John L thought John M would enjoy so he thought he would seek Joh M’s view on the wine,

The wine was produced to celebrate the vineyards 10th year.

On the tongue, there is a lot of red berry fruit with a strawberry after taste.



Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine


This wine was available from Naked wines for £6.99 – see the following link

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BeefSteak Club Shiraz (Episode143)

In this episode, we taste a wine John L thought he had enjoyed at a restaurant a few weeks before recording this episode. John L wanted to see how much different the wine tasted outside the context of a convivial Sunday Lunch with Friends in the cold light of the day (or perhaps cold light of the cellar would be more appropriate)

Little did he know at the time of recording that the wine was bound to taste different as the wine he had tasted at the restaurant was a Malbec and the wine he and John were tasting in the cellar was a Shiraz?

Can you spot the confused look on his face as he begins to taste it?

On the nose, the small was one of a herbaceous smell rather than a fruity taste.

The taste too, had little fruit flavour, with the taste being once again more herbal.

A really nice taste, very easy to drink which at 14.5% alcohol content could be slightly dangerous!

John M could detect mint and whilst other flavours were present we were unable to identify them.





Beef Steak Club Shiraz


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Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo Wine (Episode 138)

In this episode, we taste a wine we hope will help us identify the “Jammy” taste people talk about when tasting some wine.

The episode follows on from the episode where we try to explain what some people might call “Snobby wine Terms”.

So we selected this particular wine, Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo because it actually has Jammy on the label.

The blend is made up of around 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% of other red varietals.

The wine smells sweet and of strawberries. John M could also detect vanilla on the nose.

The wine has hardly any tannins which give it that jammy taste.

Summarising the wine John M says it has that sticky sweetness, it’s soft, fruity, easy, incorporating a lot of things that many people want from a wine.

John also felt that this wine would be a great introduction to Red Wine for someone who drinks White wine and would like to get into Red.



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Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Red Wine (Episode 128 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste the red wine being offered by Virgin Atlantic top their Premium Economy – thanks so much to Saleem and Ali for arranging the samples for us.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes which are grown in Spain and bottled in France.

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Aldi Australian Shiraz (Episode 206 – Part 1)

Shiraz is the signature grape for Australia, so we are expecting great things.

This particular Australian Shiraz is from Aldi’s own Exquisite range and costs at the time of writing £5.70p.

John M managed to smell Cherry, eucalyptus, chocolate and coffee on the nose while John M only managed to smell cherry!

John M, however, was not able to get anything but the cherry on the taste and so was left slightly disappointed.

He was however impressed by the balance of tannins in this wine.

John L felt this wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those that did not like their reds too powerful.


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Tasting a Peter Lehmann Shiraz Wine (Episode 101 Part 3)

The final Shiraz we taste from South Australia is available in the UK through Waitrose is a Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz.

Wow, what a great wine, although a little more expensive it is well worth the extra few quid!

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Tasting a Shiraz Wine from South Eastern Australia (Episode 101 Part 2)

In part 2 of this episode, we taste another Shiraz from South Eastern Australia this time purchased from the supermarket Aldi in one of it’s UK outlets.

What a terrific wine, especially given how competitively priced it is!


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Tasting a Padthaway Shiraz (South Australian) (Episode 101 Part 1)

Following on from our last episode in which we taste three Beaujolais we now taste three Shiraz wines all from South Australia

The first of these is from the UK retailer Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Range.
The “nose “ was promising with blackcurrant and black cherry “notes”.
However, the taste was not quite as strong as the nose suggested it would be.
This wine, therefore, would make an ideal start for someone who has not tried a Shiraz as it was not as “full on” as some Shiraz wines might be.


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