I'm going back to work on Monday. So, I had to do some grocery shopping on a Saturday. A serious departure from my usual calm Monday morning shopping routine - well as calm as shopping with two kids can be. Why am I telling you all this? Well, it meant that I was already at the store, and the store has a little liquor store within it. So, I couldn't justify a second stop at the free-standing liquor store - which meant I had less selection. Because of this, I decided to stick with a sure-fire bet and hunt for my Shiraz in the tiny Australian section. As usual, I browsed for the sale items first. I came upon two that fit my price point and considered purchasing both to drown my "back to school" blues, but I showed some self-restraint and decided on the sophisticated, yet cottage-y feel of the Nottage Hill label.
Now that I am home, I notice the alcohol content and realize that was not a part of my comparison in-store. D'oh. But, it is on the high end, so I doubt the other bottle would have been superior in that area.
Nottage Hill (Australia, 2007)
A word from the wine:
This full bodied dry red wine shows spicy varietal fruit flavours typical of this classic Australian style.
I'm not finding a lot of figurative language on labels anymore... those first few bottles seemed to have it, but I guess it was just a fluke. In any case, I think this literal description will fit the bill.
This was good wine. It wasn't fabulous, but it was good. Nottage Hill is definitely tangy - there is a lip-smacking spice, but it isn't jarring, and it doesn't change or get more spicy in the aftertaste. It isn't exactly a true peppery taste, but it is interesting and enjoyable. I also found I could "taste" the alcohol content... it kind of evaporated off my tongue, so on account of that, I didn't find it particularly rich. However, this shit is p.o.t.e.n.t. I was surely feeling my one glass with dinner. The problem was, later in the evening, I had two glasses, and quite frankly, I felt I had skipped over being drunk and gone straight to feeling hungover. I'm not sure that's what I'm looking for.
Helpful Husband Tip: "Yum"
Now that he's on to me, it is getting harder to find a good husband comment. He tries too hard and says seriously non-husband things like "Exquisite!" - so I have to ignore those over thought mutterings and really wait for the true feelings to come out.