The Butcher’s Tree Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2004

By | October 5, 2008


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.

2 thoughts on “The Butcher’s Tree Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2004

  1. Web Designer

    It sounds more like the name of an English pub; The Tirks Hraf, Bricklayer’s Arms, etc.. the list goes on. I must say that the name is surprising for a wine!

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