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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Priorat Wine (Episode157)

In this episode, we taste a Priorat from Catalunya in Spain.

This wine is a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mazuela and Syrah and, given it’s alcohol by volume of 14.5%, it has a very light taste making it very interesting and easy to drink. Perhaps too easy!

The wine is Sainsbury’s own “Taste the Difference” brand and was available at the time of publishing for £12.00


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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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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 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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Australian Shiraz Introduction (Episode 101 Introduction)

We introduce our Australian Shiraz Episode where we taste Shiraz that we have picked up from UK supermarkets, Sainsburys, Aldi and Waitrose.

Having tried Beaujolais in the last episode we decided to go for something a little bit bolder in this episode.





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Blind Tasting a Californian Red (Episode 64)

In this episode, John blind tastes a blended red wine from California, will he be able to taste what grapes are in the wine and what country the wine was made?

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