I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the summer. We are in full swing of the summer holidays now although the weather can’t seem to make its mind up at the moment.
It’s a sweltering hot evening right now though and I’m enjoying a glass of red.
You might have seen that I have been working with Independent Wine who work directly with the with the wine producers, to secure the best bottles of wine for their customers. I’ve been trying and reviewing some of their wines and have been learning so much about them along the way.
In this blog post I’m reviewing a truly delicious red wine. Shrinking Violet 2016 which is an old vine Syrah that comes from the famous Languedoc region in south east France.
The bottle is beautiful – I think the label is really pretty. The wine itself is very deep and dark in colour. It’s 13% AVB and absolutely jam packed full of flavour although it’s a dry red wine. Even though it’s nothing like a mulled wine it does kind of remind me of it as you can taste the fruits and the spices, it’s almost warming but without the actual heat. To me it tastes very rich and fruity and is very enjoyable to drink.
This would be wonderful to cook with perhaps in a jus for some grilled steak or in a pasta sauce but I’m really enjoying it as it is at the moment. I’ve also read on the Independent Wine website that it would pair very nicely with grilled lamb, cheeses and for those who are vegetarian or vegan it would go well with aubergines, mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomatoes.
One of my favourite dishes is a sausage meat and aubergine pasta that has onions, garlic, tomatoes and red wine vinegar in the ingredients. I think I will save the rest of the bottle to go with this! You can get a bottle of Shrinking Violet 2016 for £9.65 at Independent Wine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my review and if you love your wines please check out some of my other reviews.