It’s turned cold, it even snowed yesterday – in October! What’s that all about? I needed something to warm me up. We opted for a Shiraz Voignier – a Rhone blend that normally perks me up on a cold evening. This one came from Australia so I expected extra sunshine in the bottle.
It was a thick rich purple colour, it was positively gloopy in texture. There was lots of fruit, which smelled cooked. If you wrapped blackberries and plums in tin foil with a smidge of vanilla and cinnamon and popped it on the barbeque, then had a drink too many and left it on there until it started to smoke a bit then you could create something rather like this wine.
At 14% alcohol, this could be the drink too many, it packs quite an alcohol punch as well as a fruity one. Expect to pay £7-8 from Laithwaites.