Supple, smooth, savoury Syrah for less than a fiver

Supple, smooth, savoury Syrah for less than a fiver

It costs money to put wines into the International Wine Challenge. This wine's just picked up a "commended" at this year's Challenge. So why Morrisons have it "reduced to clear" at £4.48 (down from £7) is strange.

And also very welcome indeed. Extraordinary in fact, given that once VAT and duty's been taken off that, it's just £1.68 left for everything else.

Not a lot spent on fancy labels here; but it's astonishingly good value inside the bottle

Not a lot spent on fancy labels here; but it's astonishingly good value inside the bottle

A "Pays d'Oc" wine means it comes from the very large Languedoc-Rousillon region in France. Hence it's a "Syrah" not a "Shiraz" on the front too (same grape; cultural differences give wines the different name depending on your style and the wine's origins).

When I say "very large", think huge. The Languedoc-Rousillon is the largest single wine region on earth, with around 700,000 acres growing vines. There are some of France's greatest wine bargains to be had here, and an awful lot of very average "bulk" wines too.

This sits comfortably in the middle. Kudos to Morrisons wine buying team for selecting a co-operative to knock out this typically fruity number, with savoury/dry notes and a hint of licquorice on the finish.

Not in the same league as many a Rhone Syrah-based wine. Nor is it intended to be a head-turner. But, boy, for an everyday "go-to" choice at £4.48 a bottle, it takes some beating.

International Wine Challenge result
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