The Butcher’s Tree from Laithwaite‘s is an interesting name for a wine. Heaven knows what butchers do with trees that other people don’t. I think I’d rather not know.
The wine is suitably macho. It’s a dark purple-garnet with thick legs and a heady aroma of cooked, spiced fruit and leathery smoke, accompanied by a wallop of alcohol. It’s dry and smooth with a full body. The fruit is almost chewy with blackberries and blackcurrants. I’d expect more plums but they’re rather overwhelmed, but not in a distressing way.
14% alcohol is noticeable adding warmth and texture, and it doesn’t take a lot of wine to whizz to your head. It’s a powerful wine, good with powerful autumn dishes.