Don’t normally crack open bottles on Tuesday, but we’re both on holiday this week, so why not!
Morrison’s own label white Rioja to go with a pork & chorizo paella. Had heard some good things about this so one bottle as a tester.
This is golden in the glass and looks mature, nose is… wow, quite a whack of oak and tropical fruit (lychee in there). It’s quite full, and tasted blind I’d probably have said an old-school Cali chard. So far, so good!
Some of the oak blows off after a bit and the fruit comes through, melon possibly a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. There is balancing acidity, but it’s also a little harsh and the finish isn’t the longest.
Verdict - I like it. If you want something full-on and old-school, then this is decent value (esp at the 25% off price).
Edit: Scratch this, despite enthusiastic notes above, this fell apart with a bit of air leaving a thin, acidic, short mouthful of grapefruit. Disappointing.