Banrock ‘n’ Roll

With perfect timing, just as I’m obsessing about the EOS Petite Sirah, the wine society puts it in their January clearance at £7.50 a bottle, down £1.50. Consider my boots filled (just four bottles as part of a mixed case, but I’ll always find a new wine to obsess about).

In other news, I picked up a bottle of Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro 2008. Heaven only knows what quantity they make this stuff in – everyone sells it, most of them for very little money (it’s three for a tenner in Sainsbury’s at present), and you can also get it in boxes – but I found it surprisingly pleasant. Nothing mind-blowing, but really not bad at all and excellent value for money at that price. Worth sorting myself out with a few bottles for cooking, taking to friends’ houses and other not very special occasions. The 2007 won a gold Decanter award last year and Jane MacQuitty has recommended it pretty much every year for the last decade, so it’s clearly got something of a following and to be honest I can see why (I can’t normally with high-volume wines). So, a good week then!

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