After a long, exhausting first week back at school last week, my roommates and I decided that a glass of red wine was definitely in order. Still stocked with wine from our Thanksgiving party, I went for a blend from Wrattonbully Vineyarads in Australia made from Cab Sav, Merlot and Shiraz. It was a 2006 vintage, and the blending of the three grapes made it so smooth and fruit forward. There was a hint of tannins on the finish, but just enough to give it character.
Wondering what the details were of this great wine, I flipped over the bottle and saw that it was purchased from Marks and Spencer. I have heard that M&S tends to source wine from a variety of vineyards but is able to get their “special” lable on the bottle to differentiate their wine from others. I did a little research and discovered that the Wrattonbully Vineyards comes family of Hill Smith. Guess who that might be?? The maker of the famous Yalumba wines. I had tasted Yalumba wines while out in Australia last summer but didn’t find any stand out wines. Whatever Yalumba has done for M&S has done the trick for me, so now I’ll have to go back to try some actual wines from Yalumba to see how they compare with the imposter M&S is showcasing.