How ironic…today’s wine – Taste the Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2011 – works well chilled. Just as well really as the temperatures have definitely dropped over the last few days. Maybe you could free up fridge space just before serving and stick the bottle in a nearby snowdrift! (The wine is also very drinkable at room temperature)
Another timely factor is that with just 12% alcohol, this wine is suitable for those having a dry-ish January. That is those folks who are looking to reduce their alcohol consumption for the new year but not completely abstain.
Marzemino is not a grape I’d ever tried before. So I was definitely intrigued by this wine which proudly bears the winged lion of St Mark (the symbol of Venice) on its label. Marzemino is one of the many, many, many Italian native varieties which hasn’t moved much beyond the north of the country – although Aussie and Kiwi winemakers are apparently experimenting with it too.
This wine is medium bodied and smells of tangy red fruit – cherries and redcurrants. It also has a delicate floral aroma too. I couldn’t say which flower; the back label says violets.
As soon as you sip the wine you are hit by juicy, fruity flavours. Like many Italian wines there’s quite high acidity so expect your mouth to water – lots. Flavour-wise I detected sour cherries which sounds unpleasant but wasn’t. Lingering fruitiness and almost undetectable tannins made the wine very easy to drink. It’s not complex, so don’t overwhelm it with massive flavours. How about spaghetti with a simple tomato and garlic sauce?
If you like a big, meaty red with lots of crunchy tannins then this won’t be for you. Valpolicella or Beaujolais lovers should give it a go.
Taste the Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2011 is available from Sainsbury’s and costs £5.99.
W.O.W. Factor 6.5