It’s traditional at this time of year for newspapers to contain lists of the best things of the past year selected by well-known people. In the books pages it is normally an excuse for politicians to claim that they have read this year’s Booker prize winner and in the wine pages for columnists to say what they will be toasting the new year with. This is no fun at all. What I want to know is which book/ wine/ film they hated. People are so much more entertaining when writing about their dislikes. In that spirit, here are my least favourite wines of the year:
Julia, Avondale, Paarl, South Africa, 2005. I think this one is a Bordeaux blend. When it was young I imagine that this wine was merely unpleasant but after 5 years it is actually horrible. On the nose were notes of burnt rubber intermingled with rotting meat. I don’t think I actually put it in my mouth.
Eaglehawk Shiraz, Wolf Blass, Australia, 2008. I would not be surprised if this wine was a byproduct of the Ribena factory beefed up with a little wine. You can’t even cook with it because the blackcurrant taste turns every gravy into jam.
Burgans Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 2009. Not horrible just disappointing. This grape should be very fresh, dry and lemony whereas this one was flabby and dilute. Sadly many high street versions of this grape and other fresh Spanish whites seem to miss the whole point of these styles. If you want to know what they are meant to taste like try:
Val do Saines Albarino, Rias Baixas 2009 from Marks & Spencer. This smells like the sea and is very dry and zingy in the mouth. I could happily drink a whole bottle whilst getting messy with seafood. It’s nice to end on a positive note