M&S Lock Keepers Shiraz (Episode 206 – Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, we taste a Shiraz from Marks and Spencer – Lock Keepers Reserve 2018 produced in South Eastern Australia.

The price of this wine at the time of writing is £9.00.

The nose was much more subtle than the Shiraz we tasted in part 1 of this episode.

It was much more difficult to detect the aromas of this wine, plum was present and John M also detected some tobacco and some spice.

On the palate, however, this wine had a full-on taste on the palate.

It had an intense fruit taste but was also very soft and smooth to the palate.


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Barossa Ink Australian Shiraz Review (Episode 198 – Part 3)

In the last part of this episode, we taste an Australian Shiraz, available at the time of writing for £8.00p.

Given that Shiraz is the signature grape of Australia we are expecting this particular wine to be the most powerful of the three tasted in this episode.

The mouthfeel of this wine is so silky and velvety.

John M was slightly disappointed that the tannins were not very strong.

John L however really enjoyed this Shiraz as he doesn’t like tannins as much as John M.

The main flavour is black cherry with a small amount of blackcurrant coming through.

The tannins were much milder than was expected by John M.




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Tesco Finest Chilean Shiraz (Episode 198 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Chilean Shiraz (Limari Valley)from Tesco’s Finest range which at the time of writing cost £8.00

On the nose, it obviously smells of blackcurrant and also has a hint of eucalyptus.

On the palate, the blackcurrant can only just be found as most of the flavour is full of cherry.
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Boschendal 2017 South African Shiraz (Episode 198 – Part 1)

In this episode, we taste some Shiraz from South Africa, Chile and Australia.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste a Shiraz from South Africa – Boschendal 2017

This wine was purchased from Tesco at £7.50

This Shiraz has cherry and blackcurrant flavours. also surprisingly for John M, there are also Strawberry flavours.

John M feels this particular wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those who have not tried it before or those who have tried it before and found it to be a little too heavy.


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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) 2

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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