Normally I steer clear of the heavier alcohol content wines but the other evening, doing my duty for my country and my new ‘career’ as a wine reviewer, I found myself working at my laptop and a bottle of Spier ‘Private Collection’ Stellenbosch Shiraz, 2005 from South Africa happened to be open on my right. I enjoy South African reds. They often have strong nose, a bit of leg and taste good.
Unfortunately, I did not check the alcohol content (15.5% – I rarely do). This wine didn’t just have legs. This wine played for the Springboks in the second row, had legs of thunder and a kick to match. A delicious wine that made me ever more amused with life until I got up to answer nature’s call. I realised that I had been drinking when I staggered into the bathroom and saw an apparition before me, Vercingetorix mustache bristling, eyes wide and smiling. In fact, I will confess that I was singing the chorus from The Village People’s GO WEST at this stage.
A fine wine indeed, but perhaps not a whole bottle on a modest meal of raw prawns and bean salad. Fortunately, ASDA sell it at £13.98 and I shall be buying some more very soon.
For those of you who enjoy your wine being compared to christmas cakes – I can tell you that the wine is dark red in colour, heading towards plum, lightly spiced, perhaps a bit of cinnamon and had a smooth texture and after taste. I could not taste any leather rugby ball – but it was probably in there somewhere.
Spier Private Collection Shiraz, 2005
ASDA £13.98 (15.5% vol)