Who doesn’t love a fun wine label or a clever ‘punny’ name? Errr…probably quite a lot ‘proper’ wine folks – but I admit to laughing at “Longue-Dog Red” and groaning at “Goats do Roam.” One of the Tesco wine buyers, James, has written that their “Quirky Bird” wines are deliberately not “overly serious” or stuffy and are just meant to be enjoyed. They’ve certainly got fun packaging and a name that makes them an ideal present for more off the wall female friends!
That reminds me of a punny wine name incident back when I worked for BBC Radio Cumbria (a long time ago) and one of my colleagues was switching from our Carlisle base to work in the south of the county. Can you guess which wine was purchased to toast her move that Saturday night? The then popular Barramundi of course. Because that’s exactly where she was going to be the next week (Barrow on Monday – geddit?) How we laughed…maybe you had to be there?!
Anyway, back to Quirky Bird Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2012 which I really enjoyed. It was incredibly fruity and easy drinking – although at 14% alcohol you might want to be a bit cautious as it slips down rather too swiftly.
The wine is a bright, youthful, ruby colour. Juicy, blackberry aromas jump out of the glass when you pour, followed by blackberry flavours when you sip. There’s a gentle peppery prickle on the finish and very smooth tannins. Mourvèdre and Shiraz can make quite tannic wines, but the addition of just five percent of the white aromatic grape Viognier into the blend magically makes the tannins ‘slippy’. This is a technique that is used in some of the great wines from Côte Rôtie in the Northern Rhone.
The Viognier can also add a slight peachy perfumed lift to these wines and I thought I detected it here too. Just a hint of something a bit different.
The extremely easy-going, gluggable Quirky Bird Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2012 is available from Tesco. It usually costs £6.79 but is on offer until 26 March at £5.
W.O.W. Factor 7.5