Albacore Shiraz 2009

By | March 11, 2014

Albacore ShirazNaming a wine after a tuna fish is a little strange.  I like tuna as much as the next person, probably quite a bit more than the next person, but still I don’t think I’d name my wine after it.  Now I come to think of it, I haven’t given anywhere near enough thought to what I might call my wines if I suddenly acquired a lot of cash, lost my mind and became a wine maker.  I will now.

In the meantime, I’ll have a drink, of wine, named after a tuna, and hope it doesn’t taste of fish.

Albacore Shiraz from Virgin Wines is a rich, deep, dark purple colour (you can see a drop at the top of the label), with viscous legs.  It smells alcoholic.  I’d left it breathing for half an hour, yet the first sniff said “woohoo, I’m boozy”.  Beyond that there was plum, some of which was positively pruney.  The fruit was not alone, it came with a chocolatey smell and something like cedar.

It’s dry, with a medium high acidity.  There’s ripe, soft tannins and alcohol, lots of alcohol.  It’s full bodied with quite an intense flavour.  That plum and prune and chocolate combo gives it a really comforting, Christmas feel, even without the spiciness I might expect from a Syrah.  It feels smooth in the mouth, almost with a velvety texture.

I really enjoyed this wine, and will order more, but I’ll do that when it’s on offer at Virgin wines as I do think the standard retain price is just a little too steep.

Do you have any ideas of what I should call my (as yet)  imaginary vineyards and range of wines?