I was a bit baffled by the label on this wine, I thought it was trying to tell me it was the Simpsons-in-the-Strand house wine, which seemed unlikely given that it was in the everyday drinking bucket in the kitchen. It wasn’t, the Simpsons are the wine makers.
I did give it the “nice wine treatment” though, and decanted it, leaving it to warm up a little for an hour before we drank it. It think that was probably a good idea.
Simpsons of Sainte Rose Grenache Syrah Mourvedre from Naked Wines is a cheery looking red, certainly fresh looking, with no hint of age. It smelled fresh too, with lots of squishy fruit, more raspberry than blackberry, but not quite either. It was dry, in a technical kind of way, but tasted a little sweet, all that fruit had a sweetening effect. The tannins were soft and ripe, the body medium and the alcohol walking slowly up towards the high end, but not excessively so. There was something smoky or chocolatey too, but again, not settling on either side of that fence.
I’d like to try some more from the Simpsons, and I’ll look out for them as I suspect this is their “paying the rent” wine, and they have some nicer ones at different price points. I usually get my “better class of Languedoc” from Aldeby wines so I’ll check with them, and keep my eyes peeled.
Update: Oh my! Check out the videos from Simpsons – they’re great fun, giving you tours of the vineyards from a little drone helicopter. Do be warned, they make wine much better than they choose music.