What I like about Woolworths wines is that they do all the hard work in picking the wine for you. The selection may be smaller than you’d be used to, but it is, as they say, perfectly formed.
In short, it would be hard to leave Woolworths with an ill chosen or bad bottle.
The brain and palate behind it all is Allan Mullins. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Allan here and there over the last year and I have really come to respect his insights and down to earth views on wine.
Once, at an awards ceremony for wines, I tasted the winner and decided that it was so acidic and unformed that I couldn’t believe it had won. The 7th ranking was, to my mind far better. I brought him over a glass of each and asked his opinion.
“Rubbish”, was his comment on the winner.
“The business”, was his comment on the 7th ranking wine. He had no idea what he was drinking, I should point out.
He is a man who knows his wine and does not sit on the fence. He also knows what people like, and his 2008 Darling Cellars Reserve Shiraz is one such wine.
Luscious berries, dark peppers, and vanilla on the nose. Rich and smooth on the palate, smooth tannins and a long finish. Delicious with meat dishes, stews, casseroles and winter evenings.
R 79.95 at all Woolworths branches.