There’s a theory – it’s my theory, and unverified by science – that you’re not an alcoholic if you don’t drink on Monday or Tuesday nights. I’ve been implementing this theory for a number of years and have so far managed to avoid AA. Every now and then though, there’ll be some leftover wine from the weekend; a bottle I bought on Friday night and didn’t get around to drinking for whatever reason, and it’ll get to Tuesday night, and it’ll still be there. I’ll think ‘what a lovely surprise, I’ll open that on Wednesday night’. Then my wife, Rebecca, who is lovely, says “do you want a glass of wine?” and I say “all good”, and she says, “is there anything I can open?”. I’ll point to the bottle from Friday night, she’ll open it, I’ll have a small glass, just for a taste, since it’s open anyway, have a sip, be good, and stop there.
The theory works really well, as long as you don’t have a bottle of Tin Shed’s 2012 Barossa Melting Pot Shiraz sitting in front of you. I can’t even remember why I picked this up on Friday night. It was probably the label and the promise of something new; I think I’ve tried everything else in First Choice Liquor for less than $20. I wasn’t expecting anything immense, but this is one of the best wines I’ve had in the last little while, and that includes the $130, 1996 bottle of Penfolds Bin 389 I was pouring out like goulash on Saturday night.
It tastes like red and blue berries, mixed up with delicious, nom and some amazeballs. The finish is perfect, there’s the right, subtle amount of oak to let the fruit sing at such a relatively young age, and I could happily drink this every Tuesday night for the rest of my life. It won’t bowl you over like a lot of Barossa reds, but it doesn’t need to. It’s subtle, sharp, and lovely.
Maker: Tin Shed
Drink with: Truffle Oil Tacos